HSE capital plan is very short on details - Martin Kenny TD
Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal, Martin Kenny, said today that the HSE Capital Plan for 2019, nine months into the year, is very short on details.
Deputy Kenny said:
“I understood that the delay in publishing this plan was said to be because it was to be reviewed and improved, despite the overrun in spending on the National Children’s Hospital.
“However, not only is the HSE Capital Plan for 2019 nearly nine months late, but many of the projects within it have already been announced or are already underway.
“The plan does little to address the huge overcrowding in our hospitals. Project Ireland 2040 gave a commitment to increase bed numbers by 2,600 acute beds over ten years Sligo General Hospital, which had been promised more acute beds, is mentioned only in the context of such beds being at “design stage”.
“The two new wards needed by Sligo General Hospital, which is always near capacity, despite guidelines which suggest that a hospital should be no more than 80% full at any time, are not specifically mentioned.
“Sligo Hospice is said to be 'in design', and the Macular Treatment Unit, we are told in the plan, has been “progressed” in 2019.
“The Primary Care Centre for Sligo is already under construction, as is the Acute Mental Health Unit. While welcome, they are not new projects, but long overdue projects.
“The Minister needs to update the Project Ireland 2040 – Capital Tracker with definitive detail of when exactly new projects will start and when they will finish.
The shortness of detail here gives little hope to those waiting on improved services in our region.”