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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.


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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.