Image from HSE Capital Plan 2021
Projects at Naas General Hospital are included in a spending budget of almost one billion euro for the HSE for 2021.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the 53-page Capital Plan is a continued sign of the investment taking place in the health service.
He added that the blueprint will support the delivery of strategic reform and a move towards universal healthcare, and build on the positive and innovative changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Included in the plan is a new 50 Bed Acute Mental Health unit on its Lakeview campus including nine Intensive Care Beds to replace existing beds.
Plans are also stated to construct a unit of 12 single isolation rooms. This project is designed to assist in the isolation of suspected Covid-19 and other infectious organisms’ cases.
The Health capital allocation in 2021 is €983m for the construction and equipping of health facilities. This investment enables the HSE to plan and fund the projects that were included in previous plans and to progress additional evaluated and prioritised projects in 2021 including Government priority programmes and major capital projects.
Capital investment has a key role to play in enhancing service provision, ensuring the delivery of high quality and safe health and social care, and driving the reforms set out in Sláintecare. This includes investment to facilitate reorienting the model of care towards primary and community settings, addressing capacity and infrastructural deficits.
Minister Donnelly said: “I am delighted to approve the HSE Capital Plan today. The significant investment in health infrastructure reflected in this plan is evidence of the importance that the Government places on improving healthcare in Ireland and supporting the move towards universal healthcare.
”The projects in this plan place a focus on the patient experience and the delivery of a quality health and social care service. At any time around 350 capital projects in health are ongoing and this plan continues the progress in delivering new builds, replacement infrastructure and more community healthcare.”
There are many significant health capital projects and programmes underway and at various stages of development in the public health sector. These include:
The Capital Plan 2021 also includes capital funding for the national equipment replacement programme, ambulance fleet replacement and minor capital provision to deal with infrastructural risk priorities.
In line with the Public Spending Code, all capital development proposals must progress through detailed appraisal, planning and design, procurement, construction and commissioning stages before a firm timeline or funding requirement can be established.
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