Dáil debates

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

 

12:42 pm

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)

First, in the past year and nine months, exceptional public support has been given to health, with over €4 billion in last year's budget, some of which was obviously within the context of Covid. The largest number of beds created in any one year was last year when 900 plus public beds were provided. That will continue to be extended into 2022. Increased capacity will continue. Unprecedented investment continues to be put into the public health system but also better innovation and reforms in terms of the flow through hospitals. Five million homecare hours were provided last year, for example, in respect of that.

There are 273 today on trolleys, not 2,000. We can check that but investment in capacity is key.

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