Press Release

Cowen announces major grants for Cork Hospitals

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Brian Cowen TD to day (10 January, 2000) announced that he has allocated grants totalling £1.440 million to the Mercy Hospital and the South Infirmary/Victoria Hospital for the purchase of equipment. The grant of £1.090 million to the Mercy Hospital will enable it to purchase a CT Scanner, Gamma Camera and a Halogen System. The grant of £350,000 to the South Infirmary/Victoria Hospital will enable it to purchase replacement screening room equipment.

In announcing these important medical equipment grants, the Minister stated that this new equipment will lead to an improved quality of service to patients in the Southern Health Board area requiring radiology services.

The Minister is pleased to be able to respond to the proposals put to him by the Mercy Hospital and South Infirmary Hospital respectively. The Minister said that the Health Capital Programme for 2000 will be £230 million. This is an increase of 48% over the original 1999 figure of £155 million. The Minister further stated that this is a very significant increase and represents the greatest level ever of capital investment in the health services. It should also be noted that the Government has made a significant commitment to capital investment in the health services for the period 2000 – 2006 which will be provided as part of the National Development Plan. The resources available for capital investment in the health service over this period represents a trebling of resources compared to the previous 7 year period.

Minister Cowen also stated that these major grants and the significant commitment to capital investments in the health services for the period 2000 to 2006 underlines the Governments commitment to the continued improvement of hospital services for patients attending Cork hospitals.