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Cork hospitals moving to new site
Monday, 8 October 2007 15:50

Two of the country’s biggest voluntary hospitals are to amalgamate and develop a new hospital on a green field site in Cork city.

The Mercy University Hospital and the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital announced their decision this afternoon.

In a joint statement, the hospitals say that they want to build a new hospital to cater for 200,000 plus patients annually.

They estimate that it will cost €500m at today’s prices and say they will consider proposals from developers aimed at identifying the most suitable site for it.

They will also being looking a various funding options from the State as well as co-funding initiatives with commercial developers.

Both hospitals occupy large city centre sites with some buildings dating back 200 years.

MUH chairman Des Murphy said it was not their intention to appear opposed to any proposed centralisation of health services.

SIVUH vice chairman Dan Wallace said neither hospital has the necessary infrastructure to provide the level of service they want to provide in the future.

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