Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, has accused Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein of politicising the Government decision to build the €13 million extension to St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. “When we went into Government, we inherited the title of a project for St Luke’s - there was no design, no money and no decision,” Minister Hogan said. “The HSE made the necessary finance available from efficiencies within the HSE Capital Budget. The Government then approved the project as soon as possible,” he added.
“I am sorry that Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein have decided to politicise and undermine this very important and necessary project at St Luke’s. The project is on target, the money has been allocated and the beneficaries will be the patients of Carlow/Kilkenny and the initiative is also a tribute to the excellent work and initiatives being carried out by the hospital’s excellent medical team,” he said
The project includes the development of A&E, Medical Assessment Unit and Day Services Unit (Suzie Long development). The HSE hasconfirmed that all the key milestones for full implementation of the project are on schedule.