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National Development Plan

Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (160)

Richard Bruton


160. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Health his ambition for health capital development within the National Development Plan. [59428/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Development Plan (NDP) 2021 – 2030, launched on 4 October 2021, includes a total public investment over the period of €165bn.

My department has been given a 5-year allocation to 2025 of €5.657bn. This is an over 10% increase in funding year on year to 2025 and demonstrates commitment to the ongoing investment in health infrastructure and reform in line with Sláintecare.

Allocation to specific projects and programmes through the country is carried out in the sector in the capital planning process. The capital planning process for 2022 and beyond is underway involving my department, the HSE and other stakeholders.  

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 including patient safety and regulatory compliance, reorienting the model of care towards primary and community settings, addressing capacity and infrastructural deficits and investment in eHealth, in line with Sláintecare. All capital projects go through the Public Spending Code.