Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1147)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

1147. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health the position in relation to the progression of the 50-bed new St. Joseph's Hospital, Ardee, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35979/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive recently published its Capital Plan for 2019-2021 outlining 250 projects to be progressed over the three-year period.

The Capital Plan provides for €220m capital funding to the Community Nursing Unit programme over the period 2019 to 2021 and also sets out the current status of all projects within the programme, including St. Joseph's Hospital, Ardee.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects and has advised that the project, which is expected to have 50 beds, is currently being considered for delivery as part of a bundle of facilities by Public Private Partnership (PPP). A design team has been appointed and a planning application has recently been lodged.