A memo is expected to go to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin.
The memo from the Minister for Health seeks to reduce waiting times for elective surgery.
According today’s Irish Times, a taskforce modelled on the team that led the Covid-19 vaccination rollout is to be charged with seeing through a plan, set to cost hundreds of millions of euro, that aims to bring down healthcare waiting lists.
Minister Stephen Donnelly is to establish the taskforce in the coming weeks, with the membership to be drawn from the Department of Health, the HSE and the National Treatment Purchase Fund .
A shorter-term waiting list plan designed to address the impact of Covid-19 and the cyberattack on the HSE will be put in place for the rest of this year.