Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (427)

Róisín Shortall


427. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the projected increase in the gross capital expenditure ceiling applying to his Department in 2020 over 2019; and the projects this increase has been earmarked for. [37455/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health capital allocation in 2019 is now €742m, including the additional capital funding of €75m provided by the Government in the context of the increased costs of the new Children’s Hospital project. 

The capital allocation for 2020 is €774m, as notified in the context of Budget 2019.

The Government has committed to provide the additional capital funding required in 2020 to cover the increased capital expenditure for the new Children’s Hospital in 2020. The Summer Economic Statement provides an expenditure reserve of up to €200m in 2020 to accommodate funding requirements for the new Children's Hospital and the National Broadband Plan. This will be considered further as part of the Budget 2020 estimates process.

The Health Service Executive recently published its Capital Plan for 2019-2021 outlining the projected capital spending across a range of investment programmes, covering 250 projects to be progressed over the three-year period.