Despite additional funding being allocated for the National Winter Health Plan, no additional beds will open this Winter at either Mayo or Galway University Hospital.

That's according to the Chief Operations Officer with the Saolta Hospital Group.

Additional funding of €647,000 was confirmed last week for the Saolta Group and Community Healthcare West jointly, to support improved patient care in hospitals and community services in the West.

However, Ann Cosgrove, Chief Operations Officer for the Saolta group, has confirmed to Midwest News that this will not result in the opening of any additional acute beds in this region.

She says the majority of the funding will go towards community services,  focused on helping patients avoid hospital where possible.



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