Fianna Fáil Health Spokesman Billy Kelleher has welcomed the Government’s commitment to the construction of the National Paediatric Hospital on the Mater site in Dublin.
Deputy Kelleher said: “The capital spending on the new National Children’s Hospital is to be welcomed today. There is no doubt Minister Reilly has changed his mind about this project as it is now a priority. There was a time when he was in opposition that the Minister criticised the children’s hospital plan.
“Replacing the Central Mental Hospital has been a priority for a number years and Fianna Fáil was committed to it. It is only right that this remains and the investment is totally justified and necessary.
“I am concerned that there seems to be very little capital investment available for district hospitals and I hope that is not a sign that this government will start closing them like they propose to do with Abbeyleix.
“Overall there isn’t a huge amount of change in the capital envelope for Health. This is extra ordinary given the rhetoric from both Fine Gael and Labour while in opposition. It remains to be seen just how committed this government is to reform of the health services. They will not only be judged on their actions but also on their election promises across the country.”