Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1302)

Catherine Connolly


1302. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health the status of the new emergency department at University Hospital Galway; the timeframe for delivery; the anticipated cost of the unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36556/19]

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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 includes the new Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects and has advised that the new ED will be part of a larger development incorporating maternity and paediatric services. Significant pre-planning work is being undertaken in this regard.

It is important to recognise that all capital development proposals, including the new Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway, must progress through detailed appraisal, planning, design and procurement, in line with the requirements of the Public Spending Code, before a firm timeline or funding requirement can be established.

The delivery of capital projects is a dynamic process and is subject to the successful completion of the various approval stages, which can impact on the timeline for delivery.