MORE beds are to be opened at Cork University Hospital this year as part of the winter plan 2019/2020, according to the Slaintecare action plan 2019.
The plan sets out aims to further increase bed capacity by 202 beds across hospitals including CUH, with hopes the beds will be fully operational by the first three months of 2020. It also sets out a plan to “continue commissioning beds in the Mater, CUH, Drogheda and Tipperary”, with more than 78 due to open.
The plans are part of the Bed Capacity Programme. The Slaintecare Action Plan for 2019 sets out aims to develop “primary care, social care and community services”.
It also claims 2019 will see “implementing integrated care between primary, community and hospital services” and the implementation of the capacity and trauma plans.
The 2019 plan also aims to provide “innovative ways to address waiting lists”.
A Cork GP told The Echo that he has his doubts about Slaintecare, and that he is not alone.
“Slaintecare, this big 10-year plan for the whole health service, mentions primary care once or twice but I doubt there’s a GP in Ireland who believes it will actually come to fruition,” said Youghal GP Dr Declan Mathews.
He accused the government of blundering from one health crisis to another and said there is little or no support for primary care in Ireland.
“It’s a major issue,” said Dr Mathews. “The government is either not clever enough or not brave enough to bite the bullet and support general practice.
“We can see with CervicalCheck and with the National Children’s Hospital, that they’re just blundering from crisis to crisis with no forward plan.”