Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
911. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Defence the number of beds actively used in the Curragh Military Hospital, County Kildare; the number of doctors and nurses employed at the hospital; his plans for the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38333/09]
Minister for Defence (Deputy Willie O’Dea): I am advised by the Military authorities that the Curragh Military Medical Facility has a sick bay capacity of seventeen beds. I am further advised that three Military Medical officers and six civilian General Practitioner Locums are employed at the hospital in addition to seven Army Nursing Service personnel.
The focus of the military medical service is on primary care, acute trauma management, preventative medical programmes and field medical training and to this end the Medical Corps provides a range of services. Defence Forces personnel requiring medical treatment are getting the care they need.
Under the Government decision to relocate the Defence Forces headquarters to the Curragh, an upgrading of the Curragh Military Medical Facility is planned. In view of the changed economic circumstances since, I am not in a position to specify when this upgrade will take place.
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