Vital health projects in Carlow / Kilkenny included in HSE capital plan

2nd September, 2019

Carlow / Kilkenny is to benefit from funding for vital health projects, local Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has confirmed.  

Deering said: “Minister Simon Harris has today announced 250 projects and €2bn investment in the HSE’s Capital Plan over the next three years.

“Important projects included in the plan for Carlow / Kilkenny include:

  • 75 new beds at St Luke’s Kilkenny;
  • MRI at St Luke’s Kilkenny;
  • Extension of radiology services at St Luke’s;
  • Sacred Heart Community Nursing Unit refurbishment and extension;
  • St Columba’s Thomastown Community Nursing Unit

“Today is a landmark moment for healthcare in Carlow / Kilkenny. This investment will make a real difference to the health system here and will benefit the people of this area for years to come.

 

“I am committed to continuing to advocate for investment in our local health services and I am delighted to see this commitment from the Government today.” 

Welcoming the publication of the plan, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “Under Project 2040, we are doubling investment in healthcare infrastructure and equipment from €5 billion in the last ten year period to more than €10bn in this one. 

“This Plan sets out how we will spend more than €2 billion between now and 2021 on new hospitals, better local health facilities in your community and hundreds of much needed extra hospital beds.

“This investment comes at a time of positive progress in our health service, despite the considerable challenges we still face. Waiting times for operations and procedures at long last are going down.  By the end of this year, the number of hospital beds will be back above 11,000 for the first time since 2009. More and more people can go to the doctor free of charge and we have a new contract in place for our GPs and nurses.

“By investing in better facilities, newer equipment and more bricks and mortar, we are building a health service to provide you with the care you need, when you need it.”

Minister Harris said: “The Capital Plan being published today is a continued sign of the investment taking place in our health service.

“This is phase one of our ten-year capital investment programme. Over the next three years, we are committing to 250 projects across the country, 480 new beds, 30 new primary care centres, 58 community nursing units, and significant investment in mental health and disability projects in the community.

“As we reform the health service in line with Slaintecare, it is vital we continue to invest in capital infrastructure and crucially, invest in the community and social care settings.”