Thursday, 10 October 2019

Questions (43)

Brian Stanley

Question:

43. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Health the progress to date on the new buildings and renovation of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mount Mellick; and the timeline for the project. [41169/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Health Service Executive recently published its Capital Plan for 2019-2021. The plan includes capital funding for the Community Nursing Unit programme and also sets out the current status of all projects within the programme, including the replacement unit in Mountmellick, County Laois.

The Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects and has advised that the project is currently at design stage. A planning application for this project is to be made in early 2020 with works on Phase 1 expected to commence in 2021. 

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.