Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (897)

Catherine Martin

Question:

897. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health if the increase in the cost of the national children's hospital will result in delays to the proposed move of the Rotunda Hospital to a new location at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13931/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan are the long term plans which will provide the capital funding to develop, amongst other projects, maternity hospitals on the sites of acute hospitals in accordance with the National Maternity Strategy including the Rotunda moving to Connolly Hospital's campus.

We must ensure that we carefully plan the use of this capital funding so as to meet the populations health needs and achieve value for money.

It is important to recognise that the Project Ireland 2040, the National Development Plan and implementing Sláintecare include many capital proposals that are at an early stage and, as with all capital development proposals, will require further appraisal, planning, design and tender before a firm timeline or funding required can be established.

The new children’s hospital is a vital and much needed project. 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.