Coalition wrangling must not delay Children’s Hospital decision – Ó Caoláin
October 23, 2012
Commenting on the reported rift between Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Health Minister James Reilly on the location of the National Children’s Hospital, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said the long overdue development of the Hospital must go ahead without further delay.
“The delay of many years in developing the promised National Children’s Hospital is a prime example of the paralysis in decision-making by successive governments. We now find that distrust of Health Minister James Reilly has become a factor, with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore reportedly undertaking his own research on the proposed locations for the hospital.
“Whatever the truth of the media spins coming from cabinet members, the fact remains that we are further away from the development of the hospital than we were when this coalition came to office. The decision of An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for the Mater site plan was in February last. It is now almost November and we still have no decision on an alternative site.
“There is general agreement that there is a national need for a centre for tertiary children’s hospital services and that this facility should be located in Dublin. The primary consideration must be the provision of the best possible healthcare for the children of Ireland. This must take precedence over all other considerations.
“And, until the new hospital is built, government must continue to support and enhance existing paediatric hospitals which are struggling to meet the healthcare needs of children today.” ENDS