Dáil Éireann - Volume 586 - 25 May, 2004

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

  311. Mr. McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to the Adjournment debate on 25 February, when he will announce approve a project at Tuam Hospital. [15699/04]

[522]   Mr. Callely: Responsibility for the provision of health services in the Galway area rests with the WHB in the first instance. In October 2002 it submitted a planning brief for the hospital to my Department.

At present my Department is examining the health capital programme for 2004 and beyond to ascertain what new projects can be progressed through either planning or construction stages. Account shall be taken of existing commitments and the overall funding resources available. My Department will continue to liaise with the board on the proposed development in the light of its overall capital funding priorities.