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An artist’s impression of the new hospital at Newtown Road

An artist’s impression of the new hospital at Newtown Road

Mr Mark Mulhern

Mr Mark Mulhern

Mr. Suhail Khan

Mr. Suhail Khan

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An artist’s impression of the new hospital at Newtown Road

The building of a new private hospital at Newtown Road in Wexford at an estimated cost of €40 million, has been delayed indefinitely because of Covid-19 restrictions which are preventing overseas specialists from travelling here to work on the project.

Construction work on the world-class hospital was due to start in July with medical consultants and technical experts from China, India, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates scheduled to arrive in Wexford as building work began.

But Ireland's two-week quarantine requirement for countries not on the Government's travel Green List, has proved a deterrent for the consultant teams as they faced sitting around for a fortnight in Wexford doing nothing rather than continuing to work on projects in their own countries.