Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (223)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

223. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health when funding submissions (details supplied) made to the HSE will be answered; the position of the HSE regarding same; the reason for the delay in responding to the submissions to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20696/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

In the light of the conclusions of the Health Service Capacity Review that the system will need nearly 2,600 additional acute hospital beds by 2031, I have asked my Department to work with the HSE to identify the location and mix of beds across the hospital system which can be opened and staffed this year and into 2019 in order to improve preparedness for Winter 2018/2019.

This work is on-going and a priority for my Department. Notwithstanding the outcome of this process, I hope to be in a position to update Deputies on the outcome of this work in the near future.