Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (172)

Liz McManus

Question:

300 Ms McManus asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the situation regarding Letterkenny General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25398/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

Responsibility for the provision of services at Letterkenny General Hospital rests with the North Western Health Board. In July 2003, approval was given to the board to proceed with the planning of an extension to the accident and emergency department at the hospital. The board appointed a design team to carry out an option appraisal and feasibility study to determine the preferred location for the facility on the hospital site. The study, which examined eight options, was recently completed and submitted to my Department seeking approval for the preferred location. The proposal is being examined with a view to granting approval to the appointment of a design team to the project.