Thursday, 2 December 2021
Department of Health
176. To ask the Minister for Health the number of ICU beds currently being sourced from private hospitals; the monthly cost to the Exchequer of these beds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59515/21]
177. To ask the Minister for Health the total payments made by the State to private hospitals and other private health service providers in 2020 and up to the end of October 2021; the projected cost in Budget 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59516/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 176 and 177 together.
These two written parliamentary questions are duplicates of two Oral PQs 59505/21 and 59506/21 to be answered by me tomorrow.
Following contact from officials in my Department, the Deputy's office has indicated that he is happy to receive the substantive answers by way of Oral PQs tomorrow.