Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (147)

Stephen Donnelly

Ceist:

147. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of beds and wards in all public and voluntary acute hospitals that were closed on 17 January 2019 or the latest date for which data for validated bed closures at hospital and ward level are available in tabular form. [3434/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

According to provisional data received from the HSE Acute Business Information Unit, there were on average 10,893 inpatient beds and 2,218 day case beds available nationally between January and December 2018.

Information relating to closed beds is collated at a particular date in time. The number of beds closed can fluctuate greatly from day to day for a variety of reasons, including on-going refurbishment, maintenance work, and infection control measures.

In relation to the particular data requested, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.