Credit crisis hits co-location projects

There is no chance that the government’s co-location plan, which involves building private hospitals in the grounds of public hospitals, will meet its target of freeing 1,000 public beds by 2011, according to healthcare industry sources.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
8th November, 2008

There is no chance that the government’s co-location plan, which involves building private hospitals in the grounds of public hospitals, will meet its target of freeing 1,000 public beds by 2011, according to healthcare industry sources.

The initiative was first announced by health minister Mary Harney in 2005, and was intended to increase capacity in the health system. However, contracts have been signed for only three of the eight planned hospitals, and they are delayed...

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