Written answers

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Department of Health and Children

Hospital Services

9:00 am

Photo of Chris AndrewsChris Andrews (Dublin South East, Fianna Fail)
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Question 191: To ask the Minister for Health and Children when St. Luke's Hospital, Rathgar will transfer its cancer treatment services to St. James's Hospital; if this transfer of services will take place over a period of time; the services that will be located on the St. Luke's site to replace the existing services; his plans for the future developments of the St. Luke's site; and if the land in St. Luke's will be sold. [21367/07]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Progressive Democrats)
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The transfer of services from St. Luke's Hospital to new facilities at St. James's Hospital is not due to take place for a number of years.

In the meantime, two additional linear accelerators will be commissioned at St. Luke's in early 2008 and two replacement linear accelerators will be commissioned later in 2008. These will provide much needed interim capacity pending the roll out of the National Plan for Radiation Oncology.

No decisions have yet been taken in relation to the future use of the site and facilities at St. Luke's. However, I intend to ensure that these resources are utilised in the best interest of the health services.

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