Senator Maura Hopkins met with Health Minister Simon Harris last Friday and says she made it “very clear” that there must be progress on the planned replacement 50-bed ward block unit at Portiuncula University Hospital.
Also speaking in the Seanad on the matter, she said: “The current ward block is simply not fit for purpose. This project is extremely important to improve conditions for patients and staff at the hospital”.
Senator Hopkins added: “The HSE previously informed me that tender documents were being prepared, with a view to progressing procurement and commencing an enabling works contract in 2019. However, I have not seen evidence of this work to date”.
She said that she has been informed that the HSE Capital Plan is in the final stages of preparation at present.
Pointing out that she has been in regular contact with hospital management, and with senior politicians including An Taoiseach, Senator Hopkins says she made it “very clear” to Minister Harris on Friday that this project must be included in the Capital Plan.