Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (150)

Jimmy Deenihan


263 Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Health and Children the date he expects to appoint contractors to commence building the new Dingle Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2396/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The appointment of contractors for the building of the proposed new Dingle Hospital is a matter for the Southern Health Board.

My Department approved stage 3, or scheme design, of the planning for the proposed development of a new hospital in Dingle in June 2003. The Southern Health Board has progressed to stages 4 and 5 of planning for the project, namely, detailed design and pre-tender cost check.

The next step of moving the Dingle project forward to construction is to arrange for the submission of tenders. That is being considered by my Department in conjunction with the Southern Health Board and in line with the board's priorities and funding resources available.