The new Health Service Executive’s Winter Plan, published today, promises 251 extra acute hospital beds this year plus 232 early next year.
Aside from the 483 extra acute beds, 89 sub-acute beds will be put in place this year. A sub-acute bed is a lower level bed than an acute bed, often as a midway for a patient not ready to be discharged home yet.
There will be 17 extra critical care beds to add to the existing 282 Intensive Care Unit beds.
The plan covers the period from now up to April 2021.