Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (67)

Louise O'Reilly


67. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if the establishment of a day hospital in Swords, County Dublin will be considered. [27657/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Development Plan 2018-2027 outlines that new dedicated ambulatory/elective-only hospital facilities will be delivered in Dublin, Cork and Galway to tackle waiting lists and provide access to diagnostic services.  

The Sláintecare Action Plan 2019 includes a commitment that the criteria for ambulatory/elective sites will be determined during the course of this year. This will involve policy development to determine the services to be delivered, the facilities required and the relationship with existing hospitals in the catchment area. This work will draw upon international evidence, including the merits of stand-alone facilities or dedicated facilities on the site of a general hospital. In advance of the development of the criteria for site selection, it is not possible to evaluate the merits of the particular proposed location at this stage.