The Irish HSE has published its Capital Plan which announces €2.1 billion capital investment in healthcare over the next 3 years, as part of its ambitious Project 2040.
Project 2040 allows for the continuation of projects already underway, and for the funding of newly identified government priorities.
Minister for Health, Simon Harris, commented that:
“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 Sláintecare, it is vital we continue to invest in capital infrastructure and crucially, invest in the community and social care settings.”
This money will be spent on over 250 projects, including:
- €1 billion on government priority areas, including a new Children’s Hospital, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, the National Forensic Mental Health facility, and Radiation Oncology facilities
- €335 million to be spent on accommodation and equipment at hospitals and primary care facilities
- €300 million for ambulance upgrades
€265 million to refurbish residences for the elderly and disabled
- Additional expenditure upon three new hospitals
However the opposition has criticised the Plan’s overdue publication and lack of specificity, as the planning for the concerned projects commenced some time ago.
This publication comes as concerns about the impact of a no-deal Brexit intensify. Currently around two-thirds of Ireland’s medical supplies are routed through Britain, and there are concerns that manufacturers without economies of scales may reconsider supplying Ireland. However the Department of Health has confirmed that medicinal stocks and contingency plans are in place.
The announcement is available here.
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