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2,000 New Hospital Beds Need To Be Opened Within Two Years

Interest groups are calling for the cross-party Sláintecare plan to be fully implemented.

The Irish Medical Organisation says meeting future demand within the health sector should be a priority for the next Government.

There is cross-party approval for the ten-year Sláintecare plan which aims to transform services, with many interest groups calling for the full implementation of the initiative.

The IMO says within the first two years of the 33rd Dáil, there needs to be 2,000 new hospital beds.

President of the group is Dr. Pádraig McGarry and he outlines some of their main priorities:

The IMO adds that resources for GP services needs to be fast-tracked.

The group says politicians are quick to make unrealistic promises during campaigns, and it's demanding real change.

Dr. McGarry says the issue with GPs in the future is a bigger problem in rural areas:

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