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Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

A hospital group that deals with some of the worst overcrowding has delayed lodging a planning application for a new A&E, but has not informed the Health Minister.

The Saolta group, which includes hospitals in the west, has postponed the application to build an emergency department at University Hospital Galway.

Minister of State Seán Kyne told Raidió na Gaeltachta yesterday: "I spoke to Minister Simon Harris on Friday, and, like myself, he thought that the planning application was going ahead ... but it's up to the Saolta group. Minister Harris was going to speak to the secretary general in the department to look into the reasons why they changed their mind."

A spokeswoman for the Saolta group did not respond to questions yesterday on why it is not going ahead with the application and why it was decided not to inform Mr Harris. Councillors are due to raise it at the next meeting of the HSE Regional Health Forum West.

Irish Independent