Minister for Health James Reilly will travel to Galway this Friday to discuss upcoming changes to the Galway Roscommon Hospital Group (GRHG).
The meeting will take place with members of the HSE West Regional Health Forum at Merlin Park at 11am and the Galway Independent understands that the subsumption of Mayo General Hospital into the GRHG will be among the main issues on the agenda.
Minister Reilly is also expected to discuss the creation of new hospital ‘trusts’ as part of a move away from the centralised HSE model.
HSE West Regional Chairman Padraig Conneely said a departure from the “difficult and unwielding” current HSE format would be a positive step, as the current catchment area extending from Donegal to Clare was challenging from a management perspective.
“This will be a tighter operation under a CEO, with a board appointed as well for the hospital trust. It will make it more accessible and workable,” he said.
“There is a proposal to introduce the hospital in Castlebar into the Galway Roscommon Group and I think it is a common sense approach. Mayo is very much part of the system in Galway and a lot of patients travel between the two hospitals, so I think it would be the correct decision to make. I wouldn’t think there would be any scaling back, it would just make it a more workable project.”