All concerned should study National Children’s Hospital report – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on all concerned to carefully study the report on the proposed National Children’s Hospital and its preference for the Mater site.
He said that while there were strong and differing views on the site of the Hospital, all are agreed that greatly improved paediatric services, including a national centre, are needed.
“The report of the review of the National Children’s Hospital deserves careful study by all concerned with this vital issue of healthcare in Ireland.
“There are strong and differing views on the best location for the National Children’s Hospital. Those views are sincerely held and supported by valid arguments. However, there will never be a perfect site. It is far more important that there should be a site and a definite decision to proceed with such a national centre.
“All are agreed that a national centre is needed and all concerned should press for the necessary capital funding to be made available by the Government in its September capital expenditure review.
“Equally importantly, continuing provision must be made to maintain services at Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple Street to a high standard, as all of these will be essential at the very least until the new National Children’s Hospital is fully up and running.
“In the case of Tallaght the report recognises that ambulatory and urgent care for children will continue to be required there.
“Sinn Féin rejects the current regime of cuts being imposed at these hospital sites.
“Greatly improved paediatric services are needed across our health system. At present paediatric services are being cut back. The latest cuts in my region, the North-East, are to services for sick children, with reduced Paediatric Out-Patient clinics and increased waiting times for appointments from approximately 16 weeks to 32 weeks.”