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Sláintecare ‘going nowhere’ without strong implementation office — RCPI CEO

Mr Kearns was speaking at the recent Private Hospitals Association conference in Dublin.

“I spoke about an implementation vehicle. I think from our perspective [RCPI], generally speaking there is a reasonable consensus around the various things that need to happen,” he told MI.

“But we absolutely have to have a vehicle that is going to make that change happen right across the system. So if that doesn’t get established, it is hard to see it going anywhere… I think in the Sláintecare report as well as in our own report [Towards 2026], that is a key thing.”

Separately, the conference heard that a “silo mentality” was “blinding the Government to obvious solutions for patients”.

Mr Simon Nugent, CEO the Private Hospitals Association, told the organisation’s annual conference that public and private hospitals could be partnered to make headway for public patients.

“The Department of Health doesn’t even involve private hospitals in winter planning.  Now that we are in high summer, well ahead of the winter, a public-private hospital partnership should be developed to ensure patients do not suffer unnecessarily.”  

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