Deputy Heydon has highlighted the inclusion of several key health projects in the HSE’s recently-published Capital Plan (2019-2021), including the Monasterevin project. As part of the €2 billion investment, a total of 250 projects have been announced across the country.
Similar sentiments have been echoed by local councillor Kevin Duffy, who described the inclusion of what “we would call the Monasterevin Daycare Centre” as welcome news. “The Daycare Centre closed in its current facility probably close to three years [ago] now and has been operating out of temporary facilities which have been graciously provided by Monasterevin GAA club,” he said. “We have been always under the expectation and commitment from the HSE that the funding was there to redevelop the existing site.
“We’re apprehensively waiting for the planning application to be lodged anytime soon now, hopefully in the next month or so, in relation to the existing site… refurbishment of the Daycare Centre which is located on Drogheda Street near the Catholic Church.”
As part of the HSE plan, funding will be allocated for the phased redevelopment of St Vincent’s in nearby Athy, as well as for work in Naas. “Funding will be provided for the long-awaited new endoscopy unit, physical medicine unit, physical therapy unit, oncology unit and day procedure department at Naas General Hospital,” Deputy Heydon noted. “These are all projects that I have discussed at length with Minister Simon Harris and I know he is very aware of their importance to our community. I will continue to push to ensure their progression and completion as soon as possible.”
Health spending from 2019 to 2021 will include over €1 billion on priority projects including the new children’s hospital, €265m to replace or refurbish residences for older people and those with a disability, and €300m to maintain and upgrade facilities, equipment and ambulances across the country. The number of hospital beds by the end of the year, it is said, will rise above 11,000 for the first time since 2009.
“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,” said Minister Harris. “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.”