Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (759)

John McGuinness

Question:

759. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if funding will be made available to construct a facility to house the MRI scanner at St. Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny; if response will be expedited in view of the fact that the equipment has been purchased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18949/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department and the Health Service Executive are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019. The HSE Capital Plan will propose 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, the cash-flow requirements attaching to each project and the relevant priority.

Once the HSE has finalised its Capital Plan for 2019, it will then be submitted to me for consideration.

As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.