Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (337)

Mary Butler

Question:

337. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health the status of the replacement and refurbishment of 90 community nursing units nationwide as announced on 26 January 2016; the funding allocated to each project in 2019; and the date on which each of the projects will be complete and operational. [53826/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The CNU Programme, launched in 2016, aims to replace, upgrade or refurbish up to 90 public centres across the country to bring them in line with the regulatory requirements, having regard to the scheduled funding available.   

The HSE expects that by the end of 2019, thirty-one centres will have completed construction, while others will be at various stages of the design and planning process. Ongoing engagements between the Department of Health and the HSE have identified that by the end of 2021 over 80% of the projects will be completed or under construction. While this represents substantial progress on the Programme, the HSE has indicated that not all centres are likely to be completed within the originally planned timeframe.  It is important to get the projects right as these buildings are, and will be, homes for older people.  While for some projects, completion will be later than anticipated, this Government is fully committed to delivering all of the projects.  Funding of €65m has been allocated for the CNU programme in respect of 2019.