Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 38 - Health

9:30 am

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The smaller projects are equally as important. Locally, I have been given a timeline of 2026 for the expansion of the emergency department at Mayo University Hospital. I would love to review the HSE's capital and estates programme to see what level of resources are provided for these types of projects. It is unacceptable that it will be five years before anyone in Mayo University Hospital will get access to an additional emergency department. While it is great to get funding of €8.4 million approved, it is the delivery of the project that is causing a huge issue. Ultimately, it will be reported back to the Minister but if the HSE's capital and estates team are not accountable, this falls down. I have an issue with that. Deputy Hourigan raised this matter with the Secretary General previously. Who makes the decisions? Is it the HSE or the Department?