Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Questions (147)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

147. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Health the annual budget allocated to each hospital in each of the years 2016 to 2019; the number of open hospital beds in each hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37817/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As set out in the Sláintecare Action Plan 2019, the Department of Health is committed to fostering the support of citizens and stakeholders in the Sláintecare reform process, consulting them about its delivery, and informing them about progress through engagement and open reporting. In line with this commitment, my Department publishes an Open Beds Report on its website each month.

The Open Beds Report provides a summary of the average numbers of open inpatient beds and day beds/places in the acute hospital system based on data provided by the HSE. It can be found on the Department's website: https://health.gov.ie/publications/

According to provisional data received from the HSE Acute Business Information Unit, there were on average 10,978 inpatient beds and 2,251 day case beds/places available nationally in June 2019.

In relation to the annual budget allocated to each hospital, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.