Minister won’t commit to funding upgrade of Kerry operating theatres

University Hospital Kerry3The Minister for Health won’t give a firm commitment on providing funding for upgrade works to the operating theatres at University Hospital Kerry. Leo Varadkar was responding to a question from Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin, and said funding will have to be considered within the overall health service budget. In a written question to the Health Minister, Kerry Deputy Brendan Griffin asked when funding will be made available for major modernisation of the operating theatres at University Hospital Kerry, which he says is needed now. Minister Leo Varadkar says between 2007 and 2015, nearly €15 million capital has been invested in the Tralee hospital. This includes a new emergency department, new endoscopy department, and upgrades to the operating theatre. The 2016 National Service Plan states that the extension and refurbishment of the pathology laboratory will be completed and operational by end this year. The Minister says an agreed rolling plan is being put in place to address further infrastructure needs at University Hospital Kerry, but hasn’t given a firm commitment on funding these. He says the HSE will continue to apply the available funding in the most effective way to meet current and future needs, but projects will be considered within the context of the overall capital fund for the health service.