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HSE Capital Plan is a mixture of new and existing commitments for Waterford and the Southeast

2 September, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has welcomed the publication of the HSE Capital Plan. Deputy Cullinane said the plan provides further certainty for key projects such as the second Cath Lab and a new mortuary at UHW. However, he notes that these are a restatement of existing commitments. 

Deputy Cullinane welcomed the commitment to a new day care cataract unit which he says will increase capacity in ophthalmology and reduce wait times in this area. 

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

“I welcome the publication of the HSE Capital Plan. It is long overdue and will provide some certainty relating to a number of health projects for Waterford. 

“However the commitments for Waterford and the Southeast are largely a restatement of previous commitments. Progression of the second Cath Lab and funding for the new mortuary were announced months ago and there is little additionally in the capital plan. However these are vital projects and I look forward to them progressing and being delivered as quickly as possible. 

“I am delighted to see the inclusion of a new day care cataract unit in the plan. This is something I have campaigned for and have lobbied the Minister for Health and the HSE. This unit will not only see more cataract treatment done at UHW but will free up theatre space for other medical procedures.

“It seems the announcement of funding for community nursing home beds is again a restatement of existing commitments. We will need to tease what additionally for Waterford and the Southeast exists as we need to massively increase capacity in this area.

“The capital plan mentions the new Palliative Care Unit and the new acute hospital block containing 72 beds. This unit is built and what is necessary is revenue funding to recruit staff to allow it open to full capacity. This has still not been finalized and is vital to allow the new units become fully operational.

“I will go through this plan carefully to ensure that all of these announcements are followed through and delivered. We have had for too many announcements in the past that did not materialize.

“I welcome the ongoing commitment to a second Cath Lab and the new mortuary but these need to be finalized and delivered. I will continue to do my best to ensure each and every project is delivered on time and on target.”

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