18 August 2009

No new Hospital for the Northeast by 2015

Today the Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed that the planned new regional hospital for the Northeast of Ireland is "unlikely to be built for several years".

It had been expected that a new 750-bed hospital would be up and running in Navan, Co. Meath by 2015. But this target will now not be met.

When the HSE published a report in 2006 on the provision of hospital services for the Northeast of Ireland, one of its core recommendations was the construction of a new regional hospital, which the HSE had included in its National Development Plan for 2009 to 2013.

In the meantime, many services were to be moved from smaller hospitals to the larger medical institutions in the area.

However, "given the current economic climate", the HSE says now that it will "not go ahead during the lifetime of this plan", but is "likely to be included in the next plan after 2013".

A spokesperson for the HSE said its current focus is to advance the controversial plan to move all acute services into Cavan General Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth. It has already moved services from Monaghan General Hospital to Cavan.

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