Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (285)

Seamus Healy

Question:

414 Mr. Healy asked the Minister for Health and Children when he proposes to announce his approval for the €3.2 million funding for South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel to enable the opening of the newly built facilities, including the location of general surgery at the hospital. [3221/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The provision of hospital services at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel is a matter for the South Eastern Health Board. Phase 1 of the development at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, which is now complete, provides the infrastructure to facilitate the transfer of surgical and ancillary services from Our Lady's Hospital in Cashel. The board has sought significant additional resources to complete the transfer of surgical and ancillary services from Our Lady's Hospital in Cashel to the South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel.

My Department has been advised by the South Eastern Health Board of recent progress in commissioning some of the new facilities at the hospital, including, for example, the cardiac rehabilitation unit, CT unit, medical ward, coronary step down unit and the medical assessment unit. The overall investment in the development of acute hospital services in south Tipperary so far is in the region of €40 million. The further commissioning of this development and the transfer of services from Our Lady's Hospital in Cashel will be pursued by the South Eastern Health Board and my Department having regard to the overall level of funding available in 2004.