private hospitals

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    A three month agreement has been made for private hospitals to operate as public facilities.

    19 hospitals with a capacity of under 2,000 beds with 47 intensive care units will be used by the HSE - however the total cost of the deal has not been finalised.

    The hospitals will treat patients with coronavirus and those who need elective surgeries, and aims to relieve pressure on the current system.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says any people who use the facilities will be treated as public patients:

  • Beds in private hospitals need to made available to the State to tackle the coronavirus.

    That's according to Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairead Farrell, who says we have limited capacity in public hospitals, so it's important that private hospital capacity is made available.

    The private hospital sector has about 2.500 beds -  a number of which are critical care and ICU beds, and she says this may prove essential in the coming weeks.

    Deputy Farrell told Midwest News that Ireland needs to follow the example of Spain in taking private hospital beds under public control....