Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (372)

Seán Sherlock


372. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the timelines for the extension in Fermoy Community Hospital in view of the fact that it was included in the HSE Capital Plan 2019; and the details of the planned extension. [37162/19]

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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. Patrick's Community Hospital, Fermoy.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects and has advised that a design team has been appointed to the project, which is expected to have 72 beds, and planning has been granted for the project since August 2019. The project is currently advancing through acceptance of statutory conditions and detailed design. It is anticipated that construction could commence in mid 2020 and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

It is important to note that all proposals must progress through a number of approval stages, in line with the Public Spending Code, which can impact on the timeline for delivery.