Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (929)

Colm Burke

Question:

929. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Health the non-Covid-19 related hospital activity currently taking place in hospitals nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8802/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE is currently recommending that only critical time dependent elective procedures are undertaken at this time due to the on-going and significant increased demand for bed capacity related to Covid-19.

This decision was made arising from the rapid increase in Covid-19 admissions and to ensure patient safety and that all appropriate resources were made available for Covid-19 related activity and time-critical essential work.

Patient safety remains at the centre of all hospital activity and elective care scheduling. To ensure services are provided in a safe, clinically-aligned and prioritised way, hospitals are following HSE clinical guidelines and protocols.

In relation to the particular query raised concerning, the non-Covid-19 related hospital activity currently taking place in hospitals nationally, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.