Dáil Éireann - Volume 591 - 02 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Hospital Accommodation.

  232. Mr. Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the ongoing bed crisis at Wexford General Hospital; if her attention has further been drawn to the fact that there are up to 25 persons on trolleys in the accident and emergency area of Wexford General Hospital; when the [872] additional 19 inpatient beds will be provided; if she will provide a date for commencement of the construction work on this unit; if all funding difficulties have been resolved to provide staff for these beds; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27055/04]

  Ms Harney:My Department accepts the need for an additional 19 inpatient beds at Wexford General Hospital. It is hoped to progress this development in the context of the health capital investment framework 2004 to 2008 in line with overall funding resources available under the framework.