Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (662)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

780 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the role he has in mind for Naas Hospital in the future; when he expects the next stage of the development plan to be implemented; when he expects the hospital to be fully operational in accordance with his original projections as set out in replies to various parliamentary questions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2222/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Responsibility for the provision of services at Naas General Hospital rests with the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department has therefore asked the regional chief executive of the authority to respond directly to the Deputy on the future role of the hospital.

A major development programme in two phases, phases 2 and 3A, at Naas General Hospital commenced on site in November 1999. Phase 3A, which includes additional accommodation and enabling works for future phases, phases 3B and 3C, commenced on site as a variation to the phase 2 contract in April 2002. Phase 2 and 3A were completed in September 2003 and have been equipped and commissioned.

It is anticipated that the remainder of the development, phases 3B and 3C, will be procured on a phased basis with construction planned for commencement in late 2004 and completion in 2005-07. Equipping and commissioning of phases 3B and 3C is planned for 2008.