St Francis Hospital among private hospitals in talks with HSE

The St Francis Private Hospital in Mullingar has said today it is “fully supportive of all strategic measures currently under consideration” aimed at combatting the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hospital, located at Ballinderry, is one of the members of the Private Hospitals Association (PHA), which is collaborating with the HSE in respect of the COVID 19 outbreak.

“Discussions are continuing on arrangements to allow the State to contract for a temporary period, the country’s private hospital bed capacity as well as the services of clinicians and health care professionals working in the private hospital system, as a critical next step in managing the COVID-19 pandemic,” the hospital said in a statement.

It added that while the precise detail of the HSE plan is still being discussed it is hoped to finalise this in the coming days.

The Private Hospital Association membership in Ireland currently operates in excess of 2000 beds in 19 hospitals employing 8000 staff.

“St Francis will continue to work in close partnership with the PHA and the HSE in seeking to optimise the use of private and public facilities throughout the country in response to this unprecedented situation,” the statement concluded.

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