Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (391)

Billy Kelleher


391. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for completing each of the proposed national programme for radiation oncology developments at Cork, Galway and Dublin; the timeframe for each to open; the estimate for the completion of each including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for each project. [9308/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The recently published Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides capital funding for the National Cancer Strategy including the National Programme for Radiation Oncology.

The National Programme for Radiation Oncology consists of delivering replacement and additional facilities and equipment for the delivery of radiation oncology services at public hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway to meet existing and future demand. 

Phase 1 has already delivered additional and replacement linear accelerators at public hospital sites in Dublin. Construction is underway in Cork to provide replacement and additional radiation oncology facilities which will be commissioned in 2020.

The development of replacement and additional facilities at Galway is in planning and phase 2 of the programme will also see the delivery of further additional cancer radiation capacity in Dublin.

Resources provided under the NDP will allow the development of these facilities to address the increase in demand for radiation oncology forecast in the National Cancer Strategy.

Health capital funding was outlined in the Public Service Estimates for 2018. The Health Service Executive's Capital Plan for 2018-2021 is currently the subject of discussion with my Department.