Thursday, 17 April 2008

Ceisteanna (250, 251)

John Deasy

Ceist:

242 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Health Service Executive has requested capital funding for the construction of a specialist cancer unit at Waterford Regional Hospital; when such funding will be made available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14275/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health and Children)

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular question raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy in relation to the matter raised.

John Deasy

Ceist:

243 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Health Service Executive has requested capital funding for an extension to the accident and emergency unit at Waterford Regional Hospital; when such funding will be made available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14276/08]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The Government's sustained high level of investment in healthcare has enabled the completion and commissioning of numerous new facilities in both the acute and the non-acute sectors. This year, overall capital funding of approximately €594m has been provided to the Health Service Executive.

In drawing up its Capital Plan the Health Service Executive is required to prioritise the capital infrastructure projects to be progressed within its overall capital funding allocation under the National Development Plan 2007-2013, taking account of the NDP targets for division of capital investment between the Acute and Primary, Community & Continuing Care pillars. The HSE has submitted a draft Capital Plan to my Department for consideration and approval in the normal way which sets out the HSE's proposed short and longer term priorities and commitments. Consultation on this draft Capital Plan is ongoing between the HSE, the Department of Finance and my Department. The HSE has undertaken to provide additional clarification on its proposed capital developments and is currently engaged in this process.