€60 Million in Minor Capital Funding
Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Health and Children, today (28 July 04) announced that €60 Million in Minor Capital Funding has been made available to the various Health Boards.
It is intended that this funding should be divided equally between the Acute and Non Acute Sectors with emphasis on the minor capital needs of the mental health services, A&E Departments and ambulance services.
This funding is part of the governments capital investment framework for health which this year totals €509 million. This is the first year of a multi annual capital investment framework which will total €2.73 Billion.
In making the announcement, the Minister stated “Given the scale, complexity and requirements of our health service, I have always been conscious of the need for continued investment in the crucial area of minor capital, particularly in light of the increasing activity levels in our healthcare facilities. Meeting these, such as replacing equipment or upgrading a ward, has immediate and beneficial effects for both patients and staff alike, and are tangible evidence of the Government´s continued commitment to quality infrastructure for modern healthcare”
Approximately €60m has been earmarked for a wide range of minor capital initiatives for the system generally.
Examples of minor capital projects that will proceed arising out of the additional funding include general maintenance, equipment replacement, health and safety issues such as fire precautions, upgrading of kitchen facilities and electrical upgrades.
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