Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1357)

Bernard Durkan


1357. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the current and-or expected position in regard to the outstanding phase or phases of the Naas Hospital development programme; the extent to which progress in this regard is anticipated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36908/19]

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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 a number of projects at Naas General Hospital, including the development of new units for endoscopy, day procedures, physical medicine and oncology, for which planning permission has been granted.

The Capital Plan also includes a new acute mental health unit, for which the design team been appointed and the design is being progressed with a view to making an application for planning permission in the first half of 2020.

The delivery of capital projects is a dynamic process and is subject to the successful completion of the various approval stages, in line with the Public Spending Code, which can impact on the timeline for delivery. In some instances, this can necessitate an extension of the planning permission, as in the case of Naas General Hospital.