Wednesday, 12 June 1946
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. Byrne: asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health whether he is aware of the acute need for additional accommodation in the Dublin maternity hospitals; further, if he is aware that the provision of an additional 500-bed maternity hospital is a matter of urgent necessity; and if he will give details of the proposals which have been formulated to meet this demand.
Mr. MacEntee: I am fully aware of the needs of Dublin as regards maternity hospital accommodation, but the Deputy exaggerates the present shortage, which is estimated in the last published report of the Hospitals Commission to amount to 157 beds.
 Two of the maternity hospitals in Dublin have been considerably enlarged. The question of making provision in relation to the third hospital is under consideration, but as the proposals have not been worked out, it is not yet possible to give details.
Mr. Byrne: In view of what is taking place in Dublin, will he do something more to speed up the building of maternity hospitals or the provision of sufficient beds in existing hospitals to meet requirements?
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