Dáil Éireann - Volume 616 - 07 March, 2006
Written Answers. - Accident and Emergency Services.
Ms Burton Ms Burton
199. Ms Burton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the way in which the daily figures regarding the number of patients who have been admitted to hospital through accident and emergency departments, yet are still lying on trolleys, are compiled; if trolleys are counted at the same time every day; if individual hospitals have been given guidelines on the way in which to conduct this count; if so, the guidelines for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8963/06]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
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. This includes responsibility for collecting data on hospital activity. Accordingly, my Department has requested the parliamentary affairs division of the executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.
Dáil Éireann 616 Written Answers. Accident and Emergency Services.