Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1334)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

1334. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in reaching agreement with the owners of St. Vincent's Healthcare Group for the location of the proposed new national maternity hospital at Elm Park; the details of progress made since he announced in December 2018 that agreement had been reached; and the timescale to which he is working in relation to same. [36702/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department continues to engage with St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Hospital to develop a legal framework to protect the State’s significant investment in the new hospital. The development of the framework is a complex task; however, the Deputy can be assured that we are continuing to make progress in that regard. It is anticipated that, following the finalisation of the legal framework, the project will go to tender in early 2020.

Question No. 1335 answered with Question No. 829.