Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 15 February, 2005

Written Answers - Health Services.

  229. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of public long-stay elderly care beds in each of the former health board regions; the number of publicly contracted elderly long-stay beds in private nursing homes in each of the former health board areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4850/05]

  Mr. S. Power: The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage, deliver or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for the provision of public long-stay beds and publicly contracted long-stay beds in private nursing homes. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief officer for the executive’s areas to investigate the matter raised and to reply direct to the Deputy.