Six groupings have been announced - they are Dublin North East; Dublin Midlands; Dublin East; South/South West; West/North West and Midwest.
Letterkenny General and the Sligo Regional will become part of the West/Northwest group along with University Hospital Galway; Merlin Park University; Mayo General; Portiuncula; Roscommon County – The group’s academic partner is NUIG
Minister James Reilly says this will deliver better and safer services for patients - and is a step towards a world class health service:
Richy Carrothers is the Assistant General Secretary of the trade union Impact.
He fears today's announcement will see a diminution of local management, and says cross border linkages would have suited the northwest better: