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Health capital projects just repackaged and relaunched under Project Ireland 2040

16 February, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Health capital projects just repackaged and relaunched under Project Ireland 2040

Sinn Féin health spokesperson deputy Louise O’Reilly has said that a huge amount of the commitments in the area of health under Project Ireland 2040 were already announced and many are projects have already begun.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The health capital projects under Project Ireland 2040 consist primarily of repackaged and relaunched projects, many of which are already under way.

“Of those new projects many are long overdue. For example, a ward block was announced for Limerick Hospital even though it was needed years ago. 

"Limerick consistently sees around 40-50 patients on trolleys in the hospital each day and last year in Limerick alone there were 8,869 patients left on trolleys. 

“Two of the headline announcements were the National Children’s Hospital and the National Maternity Hospital, despite these being announced years ago.

“A new endoscopy suite was announced for Naas General Hospital. While this is welcome I do hope it fares better than the surgery theatre there that has not been used once in 15 years because they don’t have the staff to run it, even though nearly 7,000 people are on waiting lists there. 

“Similarly, there is an endoscopy suite lying idle in the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise as well because of staffing issues.

“If a new hinge was to be put on a hospital door they’d nearly have announced it. 

“I do welcome the commitments to genuinely increase capacity, but capacity is a twofold issue and it means nothing without the recruitment and retention of staff.

“The plan was heralded as preparing Ireland for the future; all the while the health announcements in it will barely see us meet current demand and unmet demand.

“When it came to the health service today, the only thing the Minister for Finance had up his sleeve was his hand.

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