Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (314)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

314. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health if he has received an update on the cost of the national children’s hospital; the estimated amount it will cost in 2020, 2021 and 2022; the way in which it will be paid for from the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46968/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I advised Government in December 2018 that the final cost of the design, build and equipment programme for which the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is responsible was estimated to be €1,433 million. There has been no change to this figure advised to Government.

In relation to the estimated amount that this project will cost in 2020, 2021 and 2022, the projected cash flow projection for this period is detailed as follows.

Year

Estimated amount

2020 

€327,203,776

2021

€359,651,055

2022

€249,168,409

With regard to the way in which it will be paid for from the Exchequer, the amount allocated to Health each year follows an extensive process of engagement between my Department and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have responsibility for allocating public expenditure across all the relevant votes within the overall envelope set by the Government.