In a response to a Parliamentary Question from local TD Denis Naughten, the HSE stated that planning notices are now been issued with formal planning permission to be sought from Roscommon County Council in May.
Deputy Naughten said commitments had been given to commence work in 2021.
“We are now only seeing the planning application being submitted,” he said.
“It is imperative that the planning and tendering process is completed without delay and that the project is progressed to construction as soon as possible.
“This facility provides a vital long-stay service to older people, particularly those who have complex care needs, and any reduction in bed numbers would directly impact on our older people.
“It also provides one of the best rehabilitation services of its kind in Ireland or the UK, and with our growing older population investment in a modern Sacred Heart Hospital is key to the future of health care locally”.