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22 paediatric beds to close permanently despite spiralling waiting lists – Ó Caoláin

28 May, 2015 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has expressed great concern at reports that 22 paediatric beds in Tallaght Hospital are to close permanently.

 Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

 “The number of beds to permanently close amounts to one third of the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght inpatient capacity and runs entirely counter to the fact that children’s surgery waiting lists continue to grow across Dublin. There are 117 children waiting for day case surgery in Tallaght Hospital, while 1,361 children wait for access to Temple St Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. 172 children are also awaiting inpatient treatment in Tallaght.

 “It is my understanding that these beds will permanently close in the near future and certainly long before the opening of the new national paediatric hospital. This will occur despite assurances previously given that no services for children would be closed until the yet to be built hospital came on stream.

 “I have been informed that this is a decision of the Executive Management Team at Tallaght. Has the Children’s Hospital Group Board been made aware of this and what is their opinion of it?

 “I understand that these 22 beds had not been in use for the past year, but that the possibility to use them again remained. I am informed that it is planned that the beds will now cater for adult patient needs.

 “I am calling on the Minister, the HSE and the Children’s Hospital Group to outline the rationale behind this and if they stand behind it. I ask them what analysis they have done to show its impact on waiting lists and patients’ quality of life and indeed lives.” 

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