I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 and 902 together.
On 24 May the Health Service Executive launched a public consultation process on the planning and provision of services for older people in the Midland counties of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath with a view to ensuring the most efficient and effective delivery of its services within available resources. Part of this process includes a review of the 9 public long stay residential units in the Midlands in order to consolidate services. This will involve engaging with residents, relatives, staff, public representatives and other stakeholders. The process will be completed within a period of three months from commencement. Should the HSE conclude that full closure of any unit is necessary, a recommendation to this effect will be made.