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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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814. To ask the Minister for Health the number of times a full-capacity protocol was invoked in 2019, by hospital, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3586/20]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The HSE National Escalation Framework, issued to the system in late 2015, consists of a tiered and incremental suite of actions to be adapted and implemented in hospitals with an ED during times when such hospitals are challenged in matching capacity and demand for acute inpatient care. 

The full capacity protocol is the last escalation step in the HSE National Escalation Framework.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.


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