Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Health): Statements
Simon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
There are quite a few questions from the Deputy, as always, which is good. I might respond in writing to some of them. I have a list of the breakdown for inpatient discharges, day cases, diagnostics and total outpatient figures relating to the private hospitals. If I was to read it out, it would take up all of the time so I will send it to the Deputy.
I have an open mind regarding how we proceed with the utilisation of private hospitals beyond the current timeframe of the existing agreement. I recognise, as does the Deputy, there will be a need to use that new capacity. The question is what that arrangement and agreement would look like at a point in time where the pandemic is in a different place to the one we feared. I will write to Deputy O'Reilly on that.
Without getting ahead of the discussions I hope to have with Government colleagues tomorrow, at the moment the passenger locator form is on an administrative basis. A person is asked to fill it out. I do not have the figures with me for how many people fill it out but I can get them from the Department of Justice and Equality-----