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Healthcare Infrastructure Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (544)

Alan Dillon

Question:

544. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for Health the regularity with which he meets the HSE capital projects and estate team to review capital development proposals that progress through a number of approval stages in line with the public spending code; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61158/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Health capital investment decisions are informed by Programme for Government priorities, sectoral policies, strategies, and reform initiatives as set out in Sláintecare. I and my Department engage with the Health Services Executive (HSE) in planning for and delivery of capital projects in the health sector as projects progress through the approval stages of the Public Spending Code.

The HSE is responsible for the planning and delivery of health services and management of healthcare infrastructure. Each year the HSE must develop a Capital Plan upon receipt of notification of annual allocations set in the budget and priorities set out in the Letter of Determination. These plans are then submitted for my review and approval. I meet with the HSE as required to complete this work.

As part of the ongoing performance management in plans and oversight of delivery of projects through the approval stages of the Public Spending Code, my Department meet with the HSE on a monthly basis or additionally as required, to discuss projects, progress and any arising issues. Any issues to be addressed are raised in line with the overall performance management and oversight processes in place. Meetings and engagements with the HSE are undertaken by me as required in this work.

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