Naughten raises delay on 50-bed ward

Deputy Denis Naughten has been informed by the Minister for Health that the ground works at Portiuncula Hospital, in advance of construction of the new 50-bed ward block, will take nine months to complete, with an expected finish date of May 25th 2021.

“The enabling works are required in advance of construction of the new 50-bed ward block, a commitment which I secured from Government in Project Ireland 2040, and which was delivered upon by Minister Harris in October,” stated Denis Naughten.

“While there is no doubt that Covid-19 has been a factor with this delay, so too has the failure of officials to follow through in a timely manner on the commitments I secured for the delivery of this project by 2021 from Minister Simon Harris.

“It is now expected that construction of the new 50-bed ward block will be delayed until the middle of 2021, which is disappointing”.