Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Department of Health and Children
Hospitals Building Programme
Question 139: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the names of the proposed sites for co-location hospitals; the progress to date in each location; if the tendering process has been completed; the names of those awarded each tender; the cost of the facility in each case; the number of beds in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44701/10]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 and 139 together.
Preferred bidders have been selected for six co-located hospital projects at Beaumont, Cork University, Limerick Regional, St. James's, Sligo and Waterford Regional Hospitals. Project agreements have been signed and planning permission has been granted for the first four of these projects. The Connolly and Tallaght Hospital projects are at earlier stages of the procurement process.
The co-location programme is a complex public procurement process. A core principle underlying the co-location initiative is that the private sector should bear all normal business risks. It is a matter for each successful bidder to arrange its finance under the terms of the relevant Project Agreement. The co-location initiative, like other major projects, has to deal with the changed funding environment. The HSE is continuing to work with the successful bidders to provide whatever assistance it can to help them advance the projects. My Department has asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy on the detailed operational information that he has sought.