Written answers

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Department of Health

Hospital Facilities

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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96. To ask the Minister for Health if the establishment of a day hospital in Swords, County Dublin will be considered. [40979/19]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The National Development Plan 2018-2027 outlines that new dedicated ambulatory/elective-only hospital facilities will be delivered in Dublin, Cork and Galway to tackle waiting lists and provide access to diagnostic services.

The Sláintecare Action Plan 2019 includes a commitment that the criteria for ambulatory/elective sites will be determined during the course of this year. This will involve policy development to determine the services to be delivered, the facilities required and the relationship with existing hospitals in the catchment area.

This work will be directed by an Elective Hospital Oversight Group, and draw upon international evidence, including the merits of stand-alone facilities or dedicated facilities on the site of a general hospital. In advance of the development of the criteria for site selection, it is not possible to evaluate the merits of the particular proposed location at this stage.


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