The IHCA has today raised serious concerns over the impact of cuts in capital investment over the last 10 years.
The Association's President Dr Tom Ryan said these cuts were one of the contributing factors in the current waiting list crisis.
“In effect our acute hospital infrastructure is crumbling due to the lack of investment over the last decade,” said Dr Ryan.
“This is forcing hospitals to ration the delivery of healthcare to patients on a daily basis.
“The reality is that the gaping bed capacity and equipment problems are not being addressed with any sense of urgency. Nothing approaching adequate funding has been included in the multi-annual capital budgets to address these critical deficits.
“While we welcome the State’s commitments to develop the National Children’s Hospital and the relocation of older maternity hospitals to new sites, the reality is that funding for these essential and pressing developments has not been formally provided.
“Furthermore, the funding to maintain basic current facilities and equipment and expand bed capacity throughout our overstretched acute hospital is totally inadequate.”
Dr Ryan also urged more investment to help with the “hundreds of vacant consultant posts across the country”.