Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Ceisteanna (142)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

205 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 446 of 24 April 2007, when a decision will be made on a submission by the Health Service Executive west to develop eight community support beds for palliative care as part of the Capital Plan 2007 to 2011; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18452/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive (HSE) under the Health Act 2004. The HSE included these eight community support beds in its Capital Plan 2007-2011. The developments proposed by the HSE for 2007 were approved by my Department in March. However, the community support beds project was not included by the HSE in the proposed developments for advancement in 2007. It is therefore a matter for the HSE to progress this particular proposal in the context of its overall capital priorities, in line with overall resources available.