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The issue was raised at an October 2014 meeting of the hospital’s Executive Management Committee. According to minutes seen by this newspaper under Freedom of Information legislation, the matter was discussed by hospital management on 20 October. “Discussions took place on the proposals to re-model/develop a High-Dependency Unit,” read the minutes.
“Scoping exercise to be completed and further discussions to take place with the Consultant Cardiologists and Anaesthetists.”
Contacted last week for an update, a hospital spokesperson said the proposed development remains on the Dublin 15 hospital’s agenda.
“Service planning for a High-Dependency Unit to meet the needs of critically-ill patients that do not require a bed in the Intensive Care Unit and/or ventilation support is being scoped in 2015,” the spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).
During the 20 November meeting of management, the minutes mention that there was “a 5 per cent overspend variance against budget at the end of October”.
However, a hospital spokesperson said this week that there are no current budget concerns.
“Connolly Hospital came in on budget by end of 2014,” said the spokesperson.
“The Hospital Executive has no concerns with the planned budget for 2015 and is currently working on cost improvement plans.”