Written Answers. - Hospital Catering Facilities, Privatisation.

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asked the Minister for Health if he has examined the possibility of privatising hospital catering facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The concept of contracting out for hospital catering services is not new. A number of hospitals have contracts for catering as they may also have for cleaning, laundry services and maintenance.

In the context of this year's allocation I have asked all agencies to introduce measures to effect efficiency savings including measures involving contracting out of services where feasible. This matter is now being considered by the agencies.