Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Health

Hospital Beds Closures

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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714. To ask the Minister for Health the number of beds and wards in each public and voluntary acute hospital that were closed on 28 February 2020 or the latest date on which data for validated bed closures at hospital and ward level are available. [3406/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The Open Beds Report, published by my Department monthly, provides a summary of the average numbers of open inpatient beds and day beds/places in the acute hospital system based on data provided by the HSE. It can be found on the Department's website: .

According to provisional data received from the HSE Acute Business Information Unit, there were on average 10,952 inpatient beds and 2,290 day case beds/places available nationally in December 2019.

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.

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


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