Press Release

Minister Martin announces allocation of €288,000 for services for persons with Hepatitis C at Cork University Hospital

The Minister for Health and Children Mr. Micheál Martin today (1 May) announced that an allocation of €288,000 will be made to the Southern Health Board for the provision of dedicated facilities for persons with Hepatitis C at Cork University Hospital. Together with an allocation of €127,000 which has been made to the hospital this year to improve facilities for these patients, this will bring the total grant for the project to €415,000, which will allow the new facilities to be completed early in 2003.

The Minister said that he is fully committed to the provision of high quality services to persons infected with Hepatitis C through the administration within the State of blood and blood products. The investment is part of an ongoing programme to improve capital facilities for this group of patients. The allocation to Cork University Hospital is intended to address the specific needs which have been identified at the hospital in relation to services for persons with Hepatitis C.

“These new facilities will greatly improve the resources available to the hospital for the care and treatment of these patients” said the Minister. The work will see the creation of a new Hepatology Unit through the provision of additional accommodation, the upgrading of existing accommodation, and the provision of decoration, furniture and equipment for the new Unit.