Dáil Éireann - Volume 597 - 10 February, 2005

Written Answers - Health Services.

  121. Mr. Allen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the situation regarding the provision of a new health care centre at Glanmire, County Cork; and when funds will be made available for the construction of the centre. [4360/05]

  Ms Harney: The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive has the responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. This includes responsibility for the provision of health centres. Accordingly, my Department has requested the chief officer for the executive’s southern area to investigate the matter raised and reply directly to the Deputy.

  122. Mr. Allen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the reason for the long delay in sanctioning approval for a day care centre (details supplied) in County Cork; the situation regarding same; and when she will sanction the commencement of the project. [4361/05]

  Mr. S. Power: The Health Act 2004 provided for the Health Service Executive, which was established on 1 January 2005. Under the Act, the executive is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services.

As part of the executive’s responsibility to prepare and submit an annual service plan for my approval, it is obliged under section 31 of the Act to indicate any capital plans proposed by the executive. In this process the executive can be expected to have regard to the full range of potential capital developments, its own criteria in determining priorities, available resources and any other relevant factors.

My Department has not yet received the 2005 service plan from the Heath Service Executive. In the interim, the Department has asked the chief executive of the southern area to investigate the [1129] position on this project and to reply directly to the Deputy.