More public-private partnerships in the health service would release pressure on the sector.
That is according to TJ O’Connor, Hospital Manager of the Bon Secours, Tralee.
He was speaking ahead of the opening of a new radiology department, which is part of a €4 million investment in the hospital’s services.
Mr O’Connor says while the Bon Secours and University Hospital Kerry have a fantastic relationship, there is potential for further collaboration, such as the Bon Secours acting as an overflow facility during busy times of the year.
He adds, should future co-operation prove useful, the combined proposals could be submitted for use as a national template.
Meanwhile, an anaesthetic consultant in the hospital says patients’ size pose a challenge, not just for hospital staff, but for the health service in general.
Dr Liam Lynch says while many of the same issues present themselves, patients’ weight has increased considerably.