Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Questions (161)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

161. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of times a full capacity protocol was invoked to date in 2019, by hospital in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24382/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE National Escalation Framework consists of a tiered and incremental suite of actions to be adapted and implemented in hospitals with an ED during times when such hospitals are challenged in matching capacity and demand for acute inpatient care. 

The full capacity protocol is the last escalation step in the HSE National Escalation Framework and is activated to alleviate pressure on the Emergency Department.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.