Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (1626)

Niamh Smyth


1626. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health when the five new beds promised for Monaghan General Hospital will be ready and in use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33632/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Health Service Capacity Review published last year was clear on the need for a major investment in additional capacity in both hospital and community – combined with a wide scale reform of the manner and the location of where health services are provided.

An additional 267 acute hospital beds opened under the Winter Initiative 2017/2018, and the National Service Plan for 2019 provides for a comprehensive capacity programme. The main elements of the 2019 capacity programme are:

- the provision of 75 acute beds and 70 community beds under the Winter Plan 2018/19 - the HSE have confirmed that 75 acute beds and 59 community beds have been opened to date;

- 47 additional beds, including a 40-bed modular build in South Tipperary General Hospital, 4 HDU beds in Cork University Hospital, and 3 HDU beds in the Mater which are due to open by Q4 2019;

- preparation of 202 beds during 2019, including the 5 additional beds in Monaghan Hospital, with a view to bringing this extra capacity into operation in Q1 of 2020;

- commencement of works on a 60-bed modular ward in University Hospital Limerick.

With regard to the specific question the Deputy has asked, I have asked the HSE to respond directly with the information requested.