Written Answers - Health Service Provision.

Tuesday, 15 May 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 536 No. 2

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  269.  Mr. R. Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the total number of long stay beds available in each health board, distinguishing between health board run, voluntary run and privately run units, and distinguishing the number of respite beds within that total. [13531/01]

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Dr. Moffatt): Information on Tom Moffatt  Zoom on Tom Moffatt  The number of public and private beds for the care of older people, as at March 2000, has been supplied by the health boards and the Eastern Regional Health Authority and is set out in the following table:

Health Board/Health Authority No. Public Beds No. Private Beds(including voluntary) Total No. Beds Population per 1996Census (Over 65s) No. of beds per 1,000Population (Over 65s)

ERHA3,0904,4547,544125,27160.22MHB9016251,52625,01960.99MWHB9901,5522,54237,48067.82NEHB9287091,63734,81247.02NWHB9466611,60729,39554.67SEHB1,4951,1812,67646,59057.44SHB1,6781,8403,51866,12753.20WHB1,3931,6153,00849,18861.15Total11,42112,63724,058413,88258

The figure for public beds includes beds available for assessment and rehabilitation, respite care, extended care, treatment of the elderly mentally infirm, convalescent care and welfare beds.

It is estimated that the numbers of respite beds in the health boards are as follows:

ERHA MHB MWHB NEHB NWHB SEHB SHB WHB Total
Respite Beds 145 48 45 105 54 13 76 11 497


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