Three public nursing homes in Kerry have been earmarked for refurbishment or replacement under a new Government plan.
The announcement which is part of a plan for 90 centres nationwide is being welcomed by Senator Marie Moloney, Deputy Arthur Spring and Deputy Brendan Griffin. The plan which is described as the most comprehensive investment in public nursing home facilities in the history of the state was unveiled by Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch. It outlines investments in 90 centres between now and 2021. This investment is made up of 148 million euro of the current HSE capital plan, 237 million from the Government’s multi-annual capital plan and a further 150 million will be sourced through public private partnerships or alternative funding arrangements. It is planned to spend 2.7 million euro on a refurbishment of Listowel Community Hospital which currently has 24 beds. It is proposed to have this completed by 2018. The 33-bed Caherciveen Community Hospital is included for a 2.25 million euro refurbishment by 2020. Finally the largest planned project is a replacement of the 130-bed Killarney Community Hospital costing almost 24 million euro. It is proposed to fund the majority of this through public private partnership and have the project complete by 2021.