Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Ceisteanna (1104, 1105, 1106, 1107, 1108, 1109)

Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1104. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health if a project team has been appointed to oversee the introduction of two new palliative care units in the CHO8 region; if so, the person or body on the group; and the process in which the selection took place. [17268/21]

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Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1105. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health the breakdown of the expected cost of the work to take place regarding the introduction of palliative care units in CHO8 in 2021, 2022 and 2023. [17269/21]

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Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1106. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health the amount spent to date on the proposed palliative care units in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [17270/21]

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Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1107. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health the location of the proposed facility to be located on the site of the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore; and if there is sufficient agreement that the proposed site will facilitate the new hospice and its future growth. [17271/21]

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Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1108. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health if the work involved in the introduction of the new palliative care units in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda has gone out to tender; and if all the relevant specialists have been appointed such as builders, architects and engineers. [17272/21]

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Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1109. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Health the rationale behind ruling out Mullingar Regional Hospital as a possible site for the proposed palliative care units. [17273/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1104 to 1109, inclusive, together.

In line with the Programme for Government and as set out in the National Service Plan 2021, the Health Service Executive is committed to working alongside voluntary hospice groups and philanthropic bodies to progress the plans for new inpatient units in Louth and Offaly.

A site within the grounds of the Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore has been made available for the hospice in Tullamore and funding has been secured through the HSE Capital Estates Programme to prepare initial outline drawings.

The hospice for the north-east is to be located on a site donated by the Medical Missionaries of Mary directly adjacent to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. A planning application is due to be submitted shortly.

As Deputy Clarke's queries relate to service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.