Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1788)

Mary Butler

Question:

1788. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health if all agreed capital projects including the second cath lab and the new mortuary at University Hospital Waterford will proceed as planned on time and on budget if the restructuring of health services into six new regional health areas occurs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34051/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My recent announcement regarding the restructuring of the public health services is a key reform for the delivery of Sláintecare. We have identified six regions which will be used in developing structures for the delivery of integrated care. This will result in clear financial and performance accountability, empower frontline staff and devolve authority from the Health Service Executive to the local regions. These proposals will help shape the future of healthcare in this country.

The Health Service Executive capital programme will continue to provide for priority capital projects and capital investment programmes. including the second cardiovascular catheterisation laboratory and the new mortuary and post mortem facilities at Waterford University Hospital.

In 2019 the HSE construction and equipment capital allocation is €642 million, which is an increase of €204 million or 46% over the capital allocation in 2018.

Project Ireland 2040 commits to a capital investment of €10,900 million in the public health services over the decade from 2018 to 2027.

Questions Nos. 1789 and 1790 answered with Question No. 1780.