Report: Hospital overcrowding will cost €100m to clear

Report: Hospital overcrowding will cost €100m to clear

It will cost more than €100m to fix the overcrowding crisis in Ireland's hospital emergency departments, according to internal HSE estimates outlined in today's Irish Times.

A number of short-term measures to deal with the issue are outlined in Department of Health records, including taking hospitals off-call, or diverting ambulances.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar says a report being prepared by an emergency taskforce will provide a "clearer picture" of what is needed to deal with the problems.


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