Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (351)

Anne Rabbitte


351. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the timeline for the provision of the new 50-bed unit in Portiuncula Hospital, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39442/19]

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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 provision of a new 50 bed ward block at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects and has advised that the project is currently at tender stage for the enabling works, which are expected to commence later this year or early next year, with a view to progressing towards the construction phase once the enabling works have been completed. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in 2022.

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.