The Cabinet is finalising details of the National Development Plan ahead of its publication next week. However, it’s understood that the building of a new acute hospital in Cork will be part of the plan along with provisions for a Cork to Limerick motorway.
A new hospital is needed to cater for the ageing population and increasing health requirements that this brings.
“500 beds or more is the type of scale we need to be looking at,” said Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher.
More than 2,500 extra acute hospital beds, 13,000 extra residential care beds, a 48% increase in the Primary Care workforce and a 120% increase in homecare will be required in Ireland by 2031 to meet the growing healthcare demand.
“When you look at the bed capacity review and the demographics for an increasing population, it is important that the bed capacity in the new hospital is able to meet the demands,” said Deputy Kelleher.