Written Answers. - Hospital Bed Closures.

Gay Mitchell

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357 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of bed closures in each hospital for each quarter of 2000; the number of bed closures in each hospital for January and February 2001; and the number of bed closures planned in each hospital for the first six months of 2001. [7779/01]

The information requested by the Deputy is being collated and I will forward the information as soon as it becomes available.

Given the unprecedented investment now taking place in acute hospital facilities under the national development plan a significant proportion of beds out of use is due to refurbishment work.