Written Answers. - County Tipperary Hospitals.

Michael Ferris


129 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to recent newspaper reports which referred to possible closures of acute hospitals in south Tipperary; the plans, if any, he has to have £12 million spent in Clonmel, Cashel and Tipperary town in order that people can be reassured; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1773/96]

Limerick East): As I have stated publicly on a number of occasions, I have no proposals to close any hospitals. I assure the Deputy that my policy on this remains unchanged. In relation to health services for south Tipperary, I welcome the agreement recently concluded whereby an extensive programme for health service developments will proceed. The programme involves service developments in Clonmel, Cashel and Tipperary town. I assure the Deputy and the people of south Tipperary of my continuing support for this package. I am prepared to provide £12.5 million for investment in south Tipperary to support this development programme.