Thursday 19 September 2019

Opposition says HSE plan lacks funding details

Finian McGrath. Photo: Frank McGrath
Finian McGrath. Photo: Frank McGrath
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The €2.1bn HSE Capital Plan for 2019-2021 includes details for the funding of 250 projects.

The Opposition has criticised the delay in producing the document and claimed it lacks detail. Many of the projects are well-known and have been long-planned.

The Government highlighted more than €1bn being allocated to what are described as "priorities". These include the new National Children's Hospital, the redevelopment of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the construction of the National Forensic Mental Health facility in Portrane.

Radiation Oncology facilities in Cork, Galway and Dublin are also listed.

There is €265m to replace or refurbish residences for older people and people with a disability. This was hailed by Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath, who also took credit for improvements that are to take place at Beaumont Hospital which is in his constituency. There is to be a new A&E there and in Galway.

There are plans for 30 new primary care centres and 480 new hospital beds.

Irish Independent

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