Written answers

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
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514. To ask the Minister for Health if funding is being provided in the 2019 capital plan for the new 60-bed modular unit at University Hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7134/19]

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
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515. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 721 of 15 January 2019, if the reply is accurate in view of his comments at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health regarding the proposed new 60-bed modular unit for University Hospital Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7135/19]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 514 and 515 together.

Last autumn I announced that a modular ward block would be built at University Hospital Limerick to provide interim patient accommodation. This 60 bed ward block will have 3 wards comprising of 20 single room occupancy with en-suite facilities, two of which will be full isolation facilities. The additional 60 beds will also directly increase capacity allowing patients access to an increased number of beds and improve patient flow across the hospital.

As I outlined to the Deputy at the Oireachtas Health Committee on 6th February, the modular ward block at University Hospital Limerick will go ahead as part of the capital plan.

The HSE reply to your previous parliamentary question is accurate in pointing out that the Capital Plan is yet to be finalised.

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