Murphy says rehab unit may be victim of overspend




Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy has reiterated that he fears that a multi-million euro project at Roscommon University Hospital – namely the medical rehab unit – could be jeopardised because of the overspend on the National Children’s Hospital and the National Broadband Plan.

  Noting that the Roscommon project is subject to capital funding availability, Deputy Murphy said that Robert Watt, the Secretary General of the Department, has indicated that between 2020 and 2022 at least €385 million extra will be required to complete the National Children’s Hospital project.

  Deputy Murphy said that the programme for completion of works on the medical rehabilitation unit at Roscommon University Hospital is subject to capital funding availability.

  He said it is “complete nonsense” for Minister Paschal Donohoe to suggest that no projects will be impacted by the Children’s Hospital overspend.

   “Senior HSE officials disagree with Minister Donohoe’s contention” the local TD said.

  On the local hospital project, Deputy Murphy welcomed the fact that a design team has been appointed and that a pre-planning meeting has been held with Roscommon County Council.