Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (158)

Brendan Smith

Question:

158 Mr. B. Smith asked the Minister for Health and Children the progress in the preparation of a design brief for the proposed outline development control plan for Cavan General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4500/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

Significant work has been undertaken on the preparation of a design brief for the proposed outline development control plan for Cavan General Hospital.

The work has been done as part of the process of agreeing future capital requirements for each of the five acute hospitals in the two hospital groups in the North Eastern Health Board area. Final agreement of the Cavan General Hospital ODCP brief will be subject to the definition of the board's priorities for development on this site in the context of the health capital programme. Funding resources available to progress capital projects nationally under the health capital framework 2004-2008 will also be taken into account.

A detailed submission from the NEHB is expected shortly and will be examined by my Department.