It was confirmed by the Taoiseach yesterday in the Dail that planning permission was submitted last December (2018) for two new modular (temporary) operating theatres for orthopaedic surgery at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway.
This is after almost two years of waiting for what was to be an immediate solution to the closure of two theatres at the hospital in Sept 2017 due to leaks in the roof.
Galway Independent councillor Catherine Connolly again raised the matter and the excessive delay, yesterday in the Dail.
Last month a group of ten orthopaedic surgeons at Merlin Park Hospital wrote to the Health Minister Simon Harris , as over 1500 people in the region are now on waiting lists for orthopaedic surgery at the hospital.
One of the two closed theeatres in 2018, reopened again, but the other remains closed and there is no date yet available for the delivery of two modular theatres on the Merlin Park site.
Deputy Connolly told Midwest News today that after months of questioning and receiving a variety of contradictory answers on the progress of the new theatres, the Taoiseach yesterday told her a tender process was recently undertaken and the two theatres are currently in the planning process.