Dublin, 18 April 2016. The members of the Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland (IHAI) have decided to rename the body as the Private Hospitals Association.
Speaking after an EGM held earlier today, the Association’s Chairman, Mr Dermot Divilly, said “This decision is one of several flowing from a strategic review that we undertook recently. Given the challenges and opportunities facing the health sector in Ireland today, we decided that the association, which has served as a forum for co-operation amongst member hospitals for almost thirty years, should start to play a more active role in public debate about health policy.
“The name change should remove any potential ambiguity about who we represent and what we stand for. While some of our members are not for profit trusts and others are limited companies, all provide health care services in a competitive market. We are focussed on providing prompt, excellent care to our patients and continually invest in our services to ensure we are offering the most up-to-date and effective treatments.\”
Mr Divilly added “On foot of today’s decisions, our recently appointed Chief Executive, Simon Nugent, will seek to open a new discussion with Government about the way private hospitals and the public health system can work together in Ireland.
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