Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Michael Ring

Question:

624 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of long stay beds which were in the District Hospital and Áras Deirbhla Hospital, Belmullet, County Mayo, for each year over the past five years. [20373/00]

Michael Ring

Question:

625 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children if ten additional long stay beds were put in place in the District Hospital Belmullet, County Mayo, in view of the fact that funding was sanctioned for this purpose in 1999. [20374/00]

Michael Ring

Question:

626 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children if four additional nursing staff and two paramedical staff were appointed to the District Hospital, Belmullet, County Mayo; and the number of staff members employed at the hospital for the years 1998, 1999 and to date in 2000, giving details in each staff category. [20375/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 624 to 626, inclusive, together.

The number of long stay beds in the District Hospital and Áras Deirbhla Hospital, Belmullet, County Mayo, over the past five years is as follows:

Year

District Hospital(Long Stay Beds)

Áras Deirbhla(Long Stay Beds)

1996

Nil

40

1997

Nil

40

1998

Nil

40

1999

Nil

40

2000

10*

40

*During the current year, ten of the 40 beds in the district hospital were redesignated as long stay beds. Funding was allocated to the Western Health Board in 2000 for this purpose.
The table below lists the number of staff employed at Áras Deirbhla and the district hospital for the years 1998, 1999 and 2000, by category.

Category of Staff

Áras Deirbhla, Belmullet

District Hospital Belmullet

1998

1999

2000

1998

1999

2000

Clerical/Admin.

1

1

1

1

1

1

Nursing

7

7

8

17

17

20

Support/Porters

13.5

13.5

13.5

16.5

16.5

16.5

Medical Officer

0

0

0

1

1

1

Totals

21.5

21.5

22.5

35.5

35.5

38.5

It will be noted that four additional nursing staff have been appointed in 2000. Due to recruitment difficulties the board have been unable to fill the paramedical posts despite advertising in Ireland and the UK. The board intends to re-advertise the posts in the near future.