Written Answers. - Dublin Hospital Admissions.

23.

asked the Minister for Health the Dublin hospitals which can take routine admissions other than through accident and emergency.

37.

asked the Minister for Health the plans he has to cope with the critical shortage of beds in the Dublin area which means that in most hospitals only emergency cases can be admitted.

50.

asked the Minister for Health if he has received a report from the committee he appointed last year to review the accident and emergency services in the Dublin area; if so, if he will outline the contents of this report; if this committee drew attention to the serious shortage of public beds in the health system in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 23, 37 and 50 together. All major hospitals in Dublin admit non-emergency patients. Six of these hospitals participate in the accident and emergency service for the Dublin area on a rota basis. However, even in these six hospitals around 50 per cent of their admissions are other than through the accident and emergency department.

The steering committee on accident and emergency services in Dublin is examining the problems associated with this service, including the unpredictable nature of accident and emergency admissions. This committee is in constant touch with officials of my Department on these issues with a view to resolving them in the most effective manner.

An indication of the throughput of the major Dublin hospitals can be gained from the following information.

1988

O.P.D.

Admissions

Attendances

Day Cases

Mater

15,771

110,259

3,354

Beaumont

20,275

91,910

not available

James Connolly Memorial

7,038

35,612

2,736

St. Vincent's

13,714

63,426

4,393

St. James's

18,722

88,135

15,935

Adelaide/Meath

14,333

72,328

6,685

Total

89,853

461,670

33,103*

* Does not include Beaumont.