Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (378, 379)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

378. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health if phase 3C of Naas General Hospital (details supplied) will be considered for inclusion in the 2,600 acute beds to be provided under the national development plan 2018 to 2027; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10138/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Joan Burton

Ceist:

379. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health when tenders will be invited for the new endoscopy unit, physical medicine unit, physical therapy unit, oncology unit and day procedure department at Naas general hospital in view of the fact that planning permission was granted for the project on 22 December 2014 and the project is included in the 2018 to 2027 national development plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10139/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 and 379 together.

The Government recently published the National Development Plan which outlines the capital investment programme for the next ten years, 2018 to 2027. The National Development Plan provides €10.9 billion to invest in infrastructure, equipment and additional service capacity for the public health sector. This represents an increase of 165% in capital funding over the previous decade.

We must ensure that we carefully plan the use of this capital funding so as to meet the population needs and achieve value for money. Health capital projects and programmes currently underway will continue. As to be expected with a ten year plan, many proposals are at an early stage and will require to progress through appraisal, planning design and tender before a firm timeline or funding required can be established.

In looking at new projects and programmes, appraisal and planning across all Community Healthcare Organisations and Hospital Groups, in line with health strategies and demographic needs, will inform the selection of the projects and programmes for improvements in health infrastructure, equipment and additional health service capacity.

As the HSE is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects, the Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in relation to the current position on proposed developments at Naas General Hospital.