Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (120, 121)

Paddy McHugh

Ceist:

207 Mr. McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children if he has completed his consideration of the planning brief for Tuam health campus; if he will meet a cross community deputation from Tuam to discuss the project; and the date of such a meeting. [6337/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Paddy McHugh

Ceist:

208 Mr. McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will approve the submission from the Western Health Board of the planning brief for Tuam health campus submitted to his Department on 8 October 2002; and if he will make the finance available to allow planning of the Tuam health campus to commence. [6338/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 207 and 208 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, the provision of health services in the Galway area is, in the first instance, the responsibility of the Western Health Board. The board has submitted to my Department a proposal to develop a health campus in Tuam, County Galway.

My Department is at present examining the health capital programme for 2004 and beyond to ascertain what new projects can be progressed through either planning or construction stages, taking account of existing commitments and overall funding resources available. It is in this context that my Department will continue to liaise with the Western Health Board regarding the proposed development in Tuam in the light of the board's overall capital funding priorities.

Pending clarification of the position relating to the capital programme, I am of the view that there would be little point in meeting a deputation from the local group at this stage. I will, however, keep the request in mind for the future.