Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (328)

Mick Wallace

Question:

328. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health the sale prices and dates of sale for each lot that comprised the former St. Senan's Hospital and associated lands in Enniscorthy; if the moneys achieved by the sales were ring-fenced for mental health services in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41046/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Government policy as set out in ‘A Vision for Change’ is that proceeds from the sale of older mental health assets, such as St. Senan's, will be reinvested in new developments within mental health.

I understand new replacement accommodation has already been delivered for all the mental health care services provided from St Senan's and the delivery of health services has been discontinued at the St Senan's site.

The use of the sales proceeds from the disposal of St. Senan's will be subject to sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. It would be intended that the proceeds of the sale of this property will be invested in much needed mental health and other facilities in addition to the very significant Exchequer funding required to maintain and improve health infrastructure.

As the management of the healthcare property estate is a service matter, your question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.