Written Answers. - Dublin City Centre General Hospital.

Ivor Callely

Ceist:

69 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Health the recent studies or surveys, if any, that have been carried out to evaluate the need for a Dublin city centre general hospital, particularly in view of the large number of people working in the city and the number of dwelling units occupied in the city. [8824/96]

,Limerick East): There have been no recent specific surveys, of the type referred to by the Deputy, carried out by my Department. However, the longstanding policy of successive Governments over the past 25 years in relation to acute general hospital services for Dublin city and county has been founded on the development of six major acute general hospitals; St. James's Hospital, the Mater Hospital, St. Vincent's Hospital, Elm Park, Beaumont Hospital, James Connolly Memorial Hospital and the new Tallaght Hospital, which will replace the Adelaide Hospital, the Meath Hospital and the National Children's Hospital, Harcourt Street. These hospitals provide a wide range of services to the people of Dublin. In addition, there are other hospitals which service Dublin city and county such as, for example, the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, The Children's Hospital, Temple Street, St. Mary's Orthopaedic Hospital, Cappagh, St. Luke's Hospital and St. Columcille's Hospital. Furthermore, access to hospital services has been improved by recent investment in the ambulance service. Accordingly, I am satisfied that people who reside in the city centre and those who work there are catered for to the extent that there is no need to build another general hospital in the centre of Dublin.