Dáil Éireann - Volume 602 - 11 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Hospital Accommodation.

  194. Mr. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of step down beds provided since June 2004; the number required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15714/05]

  Ms Harney: 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 and deliver or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief executive officer of the Health Service Executive to reply to the Deputy directly.