Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (519)

Phil Hogan

Question:

634 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for Health and Children when finance will be made available for the first phase of the community hospital at St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1064/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

As the Deputy is aware, responsibility for the provision of health services in the Kilkenny area rests with the South Eastern Health Board in the first instance.

The project team for St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, submitted a draft design brief to my Department setting out the broad scope of the future developments to be considered on the campus of the hospital including the first phase of the community hospital.

My Department is considering with the South Eastern Health Board the question of progressing this project in the light of capital priorities overall within the board's area and in line with funding resources available.