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Mental Health Services

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 5 October 2010

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Questions (83)

Jack Wall


78 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Health and Children the amount of money that has been raised from the sale of psychiatric institutions and lands in 2010; if it is intended to subvent this amount to fulfil promises to provide mental health services in the community; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34702/10]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The first part of the Deputy's question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply as it refers to a service matter. The Deputy may wish to note that Budget 2010 provided for a multi-annual programme of capital investment in high priority mental health projects, which will be funded from the proceeds of the disposal of psychiatric assets. The mental health capital programme will provide a range of facilities across the entire spectrum of mental healthcare facilities including acute psychiatric units, child and adolescent units, day hospitals, community nursing units and high support hostels. In 2010, the HSE will proceed to dispose of surplus assets and reinvest an initial sum of €50m in the mental health capital programme. Provision for continued funding of the programme will be made in the 2011 Estimates and subsequent years, in the light of the previous year's programme of asset sales.