Howlin vows hospital will get extensions
MINISTER FOR Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has told the Wexford General Hospital Community Alliance he is determined that promised extensions to the A&E and maternity units should go ahead soon.
Members of the Alliance met with the Minister in Wexford last week for a briefing on developments since the bombshell Dublin meeting in March when the new Minster for Health Dr. James Reilly announced that the longawaited hospital improvements were no longer included in the HSE's capital building programme up to 2014.
It was expected that the building projects causing an estimated total of €21 million would begin soon as Wexford Borough Council granted planning permission to the HSE in January. At last week's meeting Minister Howlin told Community Alliance representatives that he met with senior HSE officials in charge of the capital programme to outline Wexford's expectation that the proposed new developments would be included in the plan.
He said he also impressed upon his cabinet colleague Dr. Reilly that he was determined and the people of Wexford were determined that the A&E and maternity extensions, as promised, should go ahead soon.