Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

141 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children received into care and placed in hospital beds due to lack of appropriate placements for each of the years from 1995 to 1998. [1627/99]

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

568 Ms Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children received into care and placed in hospital beds due to lack of appropriate placement for each of the years from 1995 to 1998. [1599/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 141 and 568 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:

1995

1996

1997

1998

Number of children placed in hospital beds

56

61

67

102

The above data includes an estimated number of children placed in hospital beds in the Eastern Health Board area for the years 1995 to 1997 inclusive and also includes some children admitted to hospital on medical grounds who remained in hospital for a short time after discharge due to the immediate unavailability of appropriate placements.