Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Health
Hospital Beds Closures
625. To ask the Minister for Health further to the discussion in the Dáil Éireann on 4 June 2020, if the public health system may have to close between 20% to 25% of public hospital beds under new infection control measures for dealing with Covid-19; if so, the number of beds that will be closed in each hospital in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11119/20]
The HSE has advised that it is working to develop plans for service continuity across all settings, including acute settings. Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a core part of this work, which includes consideration of the impact of necessary IPC measures on capacity as well as of opportunities for alternative service models and pathways. This work is ongoing.