Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (172)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

172. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the additional beds opened under the winter plan; the hospitals in which these beds were located; the number that were open in each hospital in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3419/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As Minister for Health, I recognise that hospitals are increasingly operating at or above capacity, with year-round demand pressures that are further challenged over the winter months. It is against this background that the Health Service Capacity Review 2018 recommended an increase in acute hospitals beds of over 2,600 by 2031 to support the projected increase in demand for services in the years ahead.

Increasing capacity is therefore a priority for the Government. Over the past 12 months, an additional 240 beds have been opened.

The HSE's National Service Plan for 2019 provides for a comprehensive capacity programme for 2019.  The main elements of the programme are:

- 78 additional beds are scheduled to come on stream by the end of Quarter 1 and Quarter 2  of 2019, including the 40 bed modular build in South Tipperary General Hospital and the 30-bed ward in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda;

- 75 acute beds and 70 community beds are scheduled to come on stream in early 2019, as part of the Winter Plan 2018/19;

- Preparation of 202 beds, of which 16 are critical care, during 2019, with a view to bringing this extra capacity into operation in the first quarter of 2020.

Of the 75 acute beds to be opened as part of the Winter Plan 2018/19, the HSE have confirmed that 40 beds have been opened to date and the remainder are due to come on stream in early 2019. As requested by the Deputy, a table of the hospital sites where beds are due to open under the Winter Plan is attached, and includes the number of beds opened at each hospital site to date.

Hospital Group / CHO

-

-

Site

-

Type of bed

-

-

Number of beds planned

Number of beds opened to date

SSW

Cork University Hosptial

Inpatient

5

5

SSW

South Infirmary (SIVUH)

Inpatient

3

IE

Colmcilles

Inpatient

8

DM

Tallaght

Inpatient

6

6

RCSI

Connolly

Inpatient

20

20

Saolta

Galway University Hospital

Inpatient

4

4

Saolta

Merlin Park

Inpatient

4

SSW

UH Waterford

Inpatient

6

DM

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore

Inpatient

6

UL

University Hospital Limerick

Inpatient

8

5

Saolta

Letterkenny UH

Inpatient

5

Total acute beds Winter Plan 2018/2019

75

40