The Government is redoubling our commitment to deepening and strengthening North-South health links, to deliver better health care and outcomes for people on the island, building on the successes of recent years, including all-island provision of paediatric cardiac surgery in Dublin and cross-border provision of radiotherapy and coronary intervention services in Derry.
The Government will work with the Executive to pursue cross border projects and investment opportunities as part of Project Ireland 2040 to:
- Increase regional access to diagnostic and other services on a cross-border basis
- Deliver new eHealth solutions, through a developing all-island ecosystem in digital health;
- Provide specialist health services on an all-island basis, building on the success of the All-Island Congenital Heart Disease Network; and,
- Upgrade ambulance services facilities in border regions.
The National Development Plan sets out an overall programme of investment in our health infrastructure with an allocation to the sector of €5.7bn in the period to 2025.
The capital planning process for 2022 and beyond is underway involving D/Health, HSE and other stakeholders and will set out specific projects which will be allocated funding for progression in 2022. Capital plans will be developed taking account of factors including available funding, levels of contractual commitments and review and prioritisation of projects within these parameters.