Dublin Bay North Fianna Fáil TD, Seán Haughey has expressed his frustration at the lack of delivery on much needed developments at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
The Deputy was responding to information he has received through Parliamentary Question that reveals just €3 million was actually spent on capital developments last year. Furthermore, no money whatsoever was allocated to the new Emergency Department or the new Cystic Fibrosis unit.
“In its 2017 Operational Plan, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Hospital Group detailed a capital expenditure proposed programme with a cost of €99.3m, of which just over €50 million was proposed for Beaumont,” he said.
“The major projects listed were €23.5 million for a new Emergency Department and €10 million for the twenty bed Cystic Fibrosis unit.
“However, the figures provided to me indicate that there was a very low level of capital investment in developments last year. The fact that no money was allocated to the essential development of both the new Emergency Department and the new Cystic Fibrosis unit means that the critical importance of these units in Beaumont are not recognized by those in Government.
“Given that action on both units was promised in the 2016 Programme for Government it is hugely disappointing that no progress was made on either projects in 2017.
“There have been repeated pledges to complete both developments and while they are included in the National Development Plan, no timeframe for their completion before 2027 has been provided.
Deputy Haughey concluded, “We need to seen greater urgency in the delivery of these projects. Minister Finian McGrath rushed to commend himself on the inclusion of these developments in Government plans but when it comes to their delivery there is absolutely no cause for congratulation.”