Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (792)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

792. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the insufficient mortuary facilities at University Hospital Waterford (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19057/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

When the serious nature of the conditions in the mortuary at University Hospital Waterford were brought to my attention last month, I made contact with the management of the hospital. Following on from this, the hospital management and the HSE have provided a number of assurances regarding measures that will be taken to address the issues raised.

HSE Estates have confirmed that plans for the new mortuary are at an advanced stage and, subject to inclusion in the 2019 Capital Plan, it is expected the request for tender will be issued shortly with the expectation that construction will commence before the end of this year, with a twenty-month construction programme.