Uncertainty around the approval of Ballinamore Hospital

There is uncertainty over the start date for construction of the Community Hospital in Ballinamore, according to Cllr Gordon Hughes.

There is uncertainty over the start date for construction of the Community Hospital in Ballinamore, according to Cllr Gordon Hughes.

Last week, the HSE said the proposed 20 bed centre was ready to proceed to the tender stage and building would begin later this year.

But Ballinamore town Fine Gael Cllr Godron Hughes told the Leitrim Observer that he has been informed through the HSE Integrated Services Area Manager that the funding of almost w6m has not yet been approved.

In a question Cllr Hughes put forward as a recent HSE Regional Health Forum meeting he was told “The HSE Capital Plan is awaiting departmental approval before specific approval can be given for projects contained in the capital plan.” Cllr Hughes told the paper that the national funding was expected to be announced by mid June but has been delayed. He said Deputy Frank Feighan and Denis Naughten are both campaigning for funding for this project.

Cllr Hughes is hitting out at the HSE for misleading the public and is seeking a meeting with Health Minister Dr James Reilly on the issue.

The facility is expected to include a 20 bed nursing unit for older people, a day care unit for older people and a primary care centre. It is anticipated that construction will take 15-18 months.