Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (729)

Alan Kelly

Question:

729. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the projects that will be affected by the €24 million cut to the health capital budget; if the cut will result in further delay to persons with disabilities who are due to move from institutions to homes in the community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13305/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Government recently outlined how the €99m necessary this year for the timely provision of the new children’s hospital will be accommodated with a minimum of disruption to the scheduled rollout of key infrastructure projects under Project Ireland 2040.

The new children’s hospital is a vital and much needed project and the Government has examined the funding pressures associated with delivering this important project.

In meeting these funding pressures, Government has examined all projects and programmes across Government and has made adjustments to ensure that the much-needed new children’s hospital will be delivered and will facilitate delivering the overall investment programme, as set out in Project Ireland 2040.

Projects that are currently in construction and are contractually committed will not be affected.

The Government decided €24m of this is to be provided from the health capital allocation.

The Health Service Executive is currently developing its Capital Plan for 2019. The HSE Capital Plan will determine the projects that can progress in 2019 and beyond having regard to the available capital funding, the number of large national capital projects currently underway and the relevant priority of each project.

The requirements of the new children's hospital and other health capital projects including capital proposals for Disability Services, currently at various stages of development, are being considered as part of this process. Once the HSE has finalised its Capital Plan for 2019, it will then be submitted to me for consideration.