Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has said there is a worrying lack of detail in the HSE Capital Plan for 2019 published today, nine months into the year.
Speaking this afternoon, Teachta O’Reilly said:
“Not only is the HSE Capital Plan for 2019 nearly nine months late, but many of the projects announced with the plan have already been announced or are currently underway.
“We have had to wait three quarters of the year to see the plan due to the chronic overspending on the National Children’s Hospital, and there is a worrying lack of detail within the plan itself.
“The plan also 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 10 years – a commitment of 260 beds per annum. However, the HSE Capital Plan 2019 outlines a delivery of 480 acute beds over 3 years – that’s only 160 additional beds per annum.
“The Minister needs to update the Project Ireland 2040 – Capital Tracker with definitive detail of when exactly projects will commence and when they will finish, so we can be certain of their delivery in an adequate timeframe and hold them to account on timeline commitments.”