Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (587)

Jack Chambers

Question:

587. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health if expenditure estimates for capital projects under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies match projected cost requirements in tabular from; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30967/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan are long-term plans which will provide the capital funding to develop infrastructure, equipment and additional service capacity for the public health sector over the next decade. The National Development Plan provides €10.9 billion, representing an increase of 165% in capital funding over the previous decade. The capital funding for Health in the National Development Plan will provide the capital investment for a solid, ambitious plan to improve our health services and modernise how we deliver services through the implementation of Sláintecare.

Detailed policy analysis to underpin this very significant health capital investment is required to guide service and operational specifications for the new facilities and equipment. We must also ensure that we carefully plan the use of this capital funding to meet the populations health needs and achieve value for money.

Many of the health capital projects in Project 2040 at very early stages of development and it is important to recognise that all capital development proposals, must progress through detailed appraisal, planning, design, procurement and delivery of the project before a firm timeline or funding requirement can be established.