Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Health
Capital Expenditure Programme
319. To ask the Minister for Health the health projects affected due to the re-profiling of projects to accommodate the reduction in the capital budget for health in 2019 due to the overrun on the national children’s hospital. [9135/19]
The Government recently outlined how the €99m necessary this year for the timely provision of the new children’s hospital will be accommodated with a minimum of disruption to the scheduled rollout of key infrastructure projects under Project Ireland 2040.
The new children’s hospital is a vital and much needed project. The Government has examined the funding pressures associated with delivering this important project. In meeting these funding pressures, Government has examined all projects and programmes across Government and has made adjustments to ensure that the much-needed new children’s hospital will be delivered and will facilitate delivering the overall investment programme, as set out in Project Ireland 2040. Projects that are currently in construction and are contractually committed will not be affected.
My Department and the Health Service Executive are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019.