Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Health and Children

Hospital Waiting Lists

12:00 pm

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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Question 153: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will provide funding for the intensive care unit and for another theatre day at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12 where children are awaiting surgery on and indefinite waiting list, while their health deteriorates further; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44173/09]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Dublin Mid West, Independent)
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The HSE has committed to replacing 13 of the hospital's existing ICU beds and to introducing 4 new ICU beds, within 18 months. This will bring the total number of ICU beds at the hospital to 25. The design allows for the provision of a further additional 5 ICU beds, subject to approval. A tender for design consultancy services relating to this project has recently been approved. The Minister understands that the project team has already met the design team to advance the project in as short a time frame as possible.

The HSE and the hospital are actively examining options to address the current cardiac waiting list service need in advance of the new ICU project being completed.


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