State may pay rent for consultants’ rooms in private hospitals – The Irish Times

The HSE is in talks with some medical consultants about the State covering the cost of rent for their rooms in private hospitals, the Department of Health has said.

The move represents a new attempt to resolve the impasse over the Government’s plans to have private sector consultants treat public patients during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The State has already in effect taken over nearly 20 private hospitals for a three-month period to provide it with additional bed, theatre and diagnostic capacity. However, this arrangement did not cover about 600 private medical specialists who practise in these facilities.

The Department of Health said it was looking at an arrangement that could see the HSE fund the private rooms of consultants, if required, to provide care to public patients.

“We expect to conclude these discussions this week,” the Department of Health said.

‘Flexibility’

A separate Department of Health note, seen by

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