Dáil Éireann - Volume 451 - 05 April, 1995

Written Answers. - Health Board Area Statistics.

75. Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Health the population, number of acute hospital beds and number of long-stay beds in each of the eight health board areas. [7046/95]

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan, Limerick East): The current position in relation to the information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below. Acute beds refer to beds designated as such in publicly-funded acute hospitals. Long-stay beds include long-stay accommodation in acute hospitals as well as in health board geriatric hospitals and welfare homes, voluntary nursing homes and private nursing homes.

Number of Persons, Acute and Long-Stay Beds by Health Board Area.

Population*.

Acute Beds.

Long-Stay Beds

Eastern

1,245,225

5,053

5,574

Midland

202,984

505

1,234

Mid-Western

310,728

872

2,162

North-Eastern

300,183

1,033

1,521

North-Western

208,174

718

1,489

South-Eastern

383,188

1,117

1,896

Southern

532,263

1,813

2,423

Western

342,974

1,320

2,245

Total

3,525,719

12,431

18,544

*Source: Census of Population 1991, Central Statistics Office.