Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for Dublin Bay North (previously Dublin North-East), has today welcomed the Capital Works Plan for Beaumont Hospital but said that the works must be progressed and prioritised as a matter of urgency.  Tommy Broughan had been waiting for a significant amount of time for an answer to a Parliamentary Question on the Capital Works Programme at Beaumont, having previously asked numerous times about the progress of plans for a new Accident and Emergency Department at the busy Dublin hospital.

In a reply to his PQ received last week, Mr Ian Carter, CEO of Beaumont Hospital, outlined a number of Capital Works Plans, including the Cystic Fibrosis Ward, a new Emergency Department, Mechanical Thrombectomy improvements, a 100-bed Ward Block and the next phase of St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre.

The planning for the Cystic Fibrosis Ward was secured on the 26th of March 2019 and funding was confirmed on the 1st of October 2019 to progress to the Design Stage.  The reply states “The programme of works, if commenced and delivered aggressively and without foreseeable delay is estimated at 24 months” and is expected to cost €11m.  Regarding the new Emergency Department, approval was granted by the HSE on the 15th of October 2019 to progress the procurement and design team for this project, which is estimated to take 4 years and cost around €50m.

The works relating to Mechanical Thrombectomy is a 1.5yr development/installation projected costed at around €3.4m and involves works for the Radiology Department.  This was also granted approval by the HSE on the 15th of October 2019 to progress to the next phase.  Funding is being pursued for the 100-bed Ward which is estimated to cost around €40m and would take 3 years to construct.  In November 2019, the HSE applied for planning permission for the extension of the Cancer Centre at Beaumont.

Mr Broughan says “The reply from Mr Carter is very welcome in its level of detail and of course, progress on the much-needed Capital Works at Beaumont Hospital are also very welcome.  However, I worry about the length of time needed for these projects to be undertaken and the security of the funding for these projects.  The Cystic Fibrosis Unit and new A&E Departments are much needed and long over-due and I would urge Paul Reid and Ian Carter to ensure that they are progressed speedily in 2020.”