Dáil Éireann - Volume 405 - 19 February, 1991

Written Answers. - Hospital Bed Numbers.

283. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Health the number of (a) public beds and (b) private beds in acute hospitals in each health board area.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): The number of acute hospital beds will [684] vary from time to time. The table below sets out the number of acute beds in each health board area on 11/1/1991.

Number of acute beds in each Health Board area on 11/1/1991.

Eastern Health Board

5,061

Midland Health Board

543

Mid-Western Health Board

823

North-Eastern Health Board

1,017

North-Western Health Board

444

South-Eastern Health Board

1,073

Southern Health Board

1,688

Western Health Board

1,238

Total

11,887

It has not been possible to date to give a precise breakdown between the number of public and private beds in public hospitals at any given time because patients admitted to hospital as medical emergencies are accommodated in any available bed and because of the diversity of practices among hospitals when designating beds occupied by the private patients of consultants.

The new eligibility arrangements and particularly the modification of the present arrangements for admission to public beds of the elective private patients of consultants, set out in the Programme for Economic and Social Progress, will considerably ease the problems in determining the status of beds in acute public hospitals.