Thursday, 10 October 2019

Questions (167)

Tony McLoughlin


167. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Health the plans in place for the provision of the development of a new ambulance base in County Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41387/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive recently published its Capital Plan for 2019-2021 outlining projects to be progressed over the three-year period, including a new ambulance base in Sligo.

The HSE is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects and has advised that this project is currently at the site selection/option appraisal stage, as a previously identified option has not materialised. It is intended to select and purchase a site and proceed with the appointment of a design team within the next 12 months.

It is important to recognise that all capital development proposals must progress through a number of approval stages, in line with the Public Spending Code, including detailed appraisal, planning, design and procurement, before a firm timeline or funding requirement can be established.

The delivery of capital projects is a dynamic process and is subject to the successful completion of the various approval stages, which can impact on the timeline for delivery.