Funding for Ennis Hospital

April 2nd, 2008 - Pat Breen

QUESTION NOS: 214, 375 & 433

DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister for Health and Children (Ms. Harney (Dublin Mid-West))

by Deputies

for WRITTEN ANSWER on 02/04/2008

* To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will report on the funding allocated for the phase one development of Ennis General Hospital; the amount of funding allocated to date; if extra funding will be provided for the project as a result of inflation increases; if her attention has been drawn to the plans to divert moneys allocated to Ennis General Hospital to another project in the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Pat Breen T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 2nd April, 2008.

* To ask the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 253 of 11 March 2008, if she will report on the funding allocated to date for the phase one development of Ennis General Hospital; if extra funding will be provided for the project as a result of inflationary increases; if her attention has been drawn to the plans to divert moneys allocated to this project to another project in the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Pat Breen T.D.

REPLY.

The provision of services and the allocation of funding at the Mid Western Hospital, Ennis, and across the Mid West Region in general is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive ( HSE)

Significant developments to enhance the services at the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ennis have taken place of the past few years. A €39m capital development project was approved for Ennis General Hospital in 2006.

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 committments. 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.