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Hospital Facilities (Continued)

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 1006 No. 3

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Jackie Cahill: Information on Jackie Cahill Zoom on Jackie Cahill] It needs significant investment. We have a golden opportunity to reduce waiting lists. As Deputy Brendan Smith said, it is galling for all of us when people come to us and we cannot get them the operations they urgently need.

I appeal to the Minister of State and I know her heart is in this. We have an opportunity to work with Cappagh, which is the national centre for orthopaedic surgery. It has the plans there. We can use the window of opportunity provided by the Covid pandemic to get planning permission through in double quick time and we should not let that opportunity pass. A modular unit can be put up very quickly. It should stand as a monument to us all, showing we did something to reduce the significant waiting lists. It can be done but not at great cost to the Exchequer. A total of €70 million would deliver what we want to deliver in Cappagh, and it would be a great achievement for the Government, of which I am proud to be a member.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The two Deputies have made a compassionate and compelling case.

Deputy Anne Rabbitte: Information on Anne Rabbitte Zoom on Anne Rabbitte It is a very good case. Yesterday I met the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, to discuss children and waiting lists. Every week, I sit beside Deputy Smith, because that is where my normal seat in the House is. Every week I discuss with him access to children's rheumatoid services. I am acutely aware of the conversations we have had. Every evening I see posts on Twitter about children who cannot access orthopaedic services. I talk specifically about Down's syndrome when I have this conversation.

I will take on board the compelling pleas both Deputies have made today. I hear exactly what they are saying. We want to leave a legacy showing we can do it differently in health, we can make priorities and we can provide access to care. Yesterday, I spoke to the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, about funds for access to care and how the money can be used to make a difference to young people's lives. How will we prioritise? How will we clear our waiting lists? How can we ensure the parents, many of whom come to our constituency clinics and who are waiting for far too long, can access it?

I would like to see Cappagh, as Deputy Cahill has done this week. Everybody speaks very highly of the services it delivers. It would be wonderful to see how it can put an action plan in place to deliver on the assessments and if the investment could be made there. I would like to attend it and perhaps Deputy Cahill could set that up for me.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The car is on its way for the Minister of State already.

Written Answers are published on the Oireacthas website.

  The Dáil adjourned at 8.53 p.m. until 12 noon on Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

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