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For Oral Answer on : 26/05/2022
Question Number(s): 19 Question Reference(s): 26633/22
Department: Health
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.


To ask the Minister for Health the proposed date for the start of construction on the new community hospital in Midleton, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.


I would like to thank Deputy Stanton for raising this question and to acknowledge the importance of Community Nursing Units (CNUs) throughout the country.

In 2016, a Capital Programme for Older Persons Residential Centres was developed to replace, upgrade and refurbish care facilities. This was in response to the introduction of HIQA’s National Residential Care Standards for Older People.
This programme includes 90 different projects at various stages. 33 projects are complete as at the end of 2021. A further 11 are expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
7 CNUs are included in a single bundle to be developed by Public Private Partnership (PPP). Midleton Community Nursing Unit is included in this bundle.
The PPP procurement process is in progress. It is anticipated that the construction of the new CNU in Midleton will commence by Quarter 4, 2022 and will be completed in 2024. Upon completion the project will provide 50 replacement beds.  
The delivery of capital projects is a dynamic process, subject to the successful completion of the various approval stages, in line with the Public Spending Code, which can impact on the timeline for delivery.