Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Department of Health
667. To ask the Minister for Health when a planning application will be lodged for the new emergency department at University Hospital Galway; the reason this urgently needed project is being delayed; the queries National HSE Estates have now in relation to the new emergency department and the proposed maternity and paediatrics department; when a planning application will be lodged for a new outpatients facility at Merlin Park to cater for lost facilities on the footprint of the planned emergency department; and when a planning application will be lodged to allow the decanting of emergency department facilities to the front of the existing facility in order for the new emergency department to be built. [16893/20]
The Estates unit in the Health Service Executive has been tasked with the delivery of additional capacity (infrastructure and equipment) nationwide in the effort for the containment and prevention of the spread of the coronavirus - Covid-19. This has resulted in delays to some works and schedules. As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of public healthcare infrastructure projects, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly in relation to this matter.