Mixed fortunes for HSE’s hospital reform proposals

Local politics have not made the plan to reconfigure hospital services any easier

13th June, 2009

When the chief executive of the HSE , Brendan Drumm, launched the long awaited plan for the reconfiguration of hospital services in the north-east three years ago this month, he knew that he had a difficult road ahead.

The north-east has one of the most difficult and fragmented hospital services in the country, with five competing acute hospitals and local politics dominating the agenda.

At the heated press conference at the headquarters of the Health Service...

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