Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ceisteanna (144)

James Browne


144. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if the proceeds from the sale of St Senan’s Hospital, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, will be invested in mental health services in the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9128/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Government policy as set out in ‘A Vision for Change’ is that proceeds from the sale of older mental health assets, such as St. Senan's, will be reinvested in new developments within mental health.

I understand new replacement accommodation has already been delivered for all the mental health care services provided from St Senan's and the delivery of health services has been discontinued at the St Senan's site.

The use of the sales proceeds from the disposal of St. Senan's will be subject to sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. It would be intended that the proceeds of the sale of this property will be invested in much needed mental health facilities in addition to the very significant Exchequer funding required to maintain and improve health infrastructure.

Question No. 145 answered with Question No. 130.