Responsibility for the provision of services in County Kerry rests with the Southern Health Board. The board planned the development of a new 72 bed community hospital in Dingle as part of its proposals under the National Development Plan 2001-2006.
The board has advised that the legal agreement for the transfer of the site is currently being completed following receipt of planning permission for the project from Kerry County Council. Stage 3 of the project, which involves finalising the scheme design and cost plan, is currently being examined by my Department.
Questions Nos. 207 and 208 answered with Question No. 181.