Murphy calls for fast-tracking of Sacred Heart upgrade

Eugene Murphy, the Fianna Fáil TD, has called on Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, to fast-track plans for the refurbishment of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon town.

  Deputy Eugene Murphy said that the funding for the refurbishment project was still awaiting approval with the National Capital Steering Group and that a timeline of works was still not clear.

  Deputy Murphy raised the matter in the Dáil recently through a Parliamentary Question with Minister Simon Harris.

  A written response to Deputy Murphy’s query noted that the Health Service Executive currently had a Capital Project submission with the National Capital Steering Group for approval.

  It states: “The submission comprises of a new 50-bed CNU and partial refurbishment of the existing building and as such the HSE is not in a position to provide a timeline for the project at this stage.”

  Deputy Murphy has called on the Minister to fast-track the approval of the capital funding in order to allow the necessary refurbishment works at the Sacred Heart Hospital to proceed.

  “It is imperative that this capital funding is approved as soon as possible in order to allow the refurbishment works to get underway,” he said.

  “There are not an adequate number of shower and toilet facilities for the number of residents in some of the wards in the Sacred Heart Hospital and some of the existing facilities are not wheelchair accessible.

  “The privacy and dignity of residents is paramount and I am calling on Minister Harris to fast-track this issue as a matter of urgency.”