Written Answers. - Dublin Hospital Service Plans.

Andrew Boylan

Question:

78 Mr. Boylan asked the Minister for Health the extent of the closure of wards, beds and other hospital facilities at the James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, during the month of August 1994; if all such facilities are now fully restored; if the operation of the hospital has been affected by the closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [973/94]

The Eastern Health Board has advised me that as in previous years, the service plans for James Connolly Memorial Hospital included the temporary closure, effective from 25 July 1994, of 20 beds from the complement of 257 acute beds at the hospital. The reopening of these beds is being kept under review. I understand that additional beds are brought into service as the need arises. While, some elective operations and day cases have been cancelled, I take this opportunity to assure the Deputy that all emergency and urgent services continue to be provided and that my Department is closely monitoring the situation with the Eastern Health Board.