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New Children’s Hospital set to be privatisation bonanza – O’Reilly

25 October, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking after questioning representatives of the HSE and the Children’s Hospital Group at the Joint Oireachtas Committee Health regarding the new Children’s Hospital, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that many of the measures outlined by the representatives point to the new hospital being a bonanza for private interests. 

Teachta O’Reilly said: 

 “Upon questioning today at the Joint Oireachtas Committee Health regarding the new Children’s Hospital, representatives from the HSE and the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG)it has become apparent that the new children’s hospital is set to have a huge amount of privatised services. 

“Firstly, it is intended to completely privatise the car parking services for payment to be ‘extracted’ from those visiting and attending the new hospital. This is despite car parking at hospitals being a huge issue for patients and their families, especially those who need long term care and are travelling from outside of Dublin. 

“The opportunity is here with the establishment of a new hospital to ensure that the families of patients who may be attending the hospital with a child or visiting a child will not be used as a mechanism for the generation of profits for private firms.

“It is also disappointing that the representatives would not make a clear declaration as to whether they would be directly employing all staff at the hospital. They have claimed that a mixed model of directly employed and outsourced staff works best, but this is not true. 

“It does not work in the interest of the health service, the hospital, or the staff themselves. This hospital should focus on directly employing its staff at all levels and being a shining light for paediatric care as well as workers’ rights. 

“It also has to be cleared up as to whether the research and innovation aimed at improving paediatric services and advancing medical and scientific knowledge which will take place on the campus will be done privately or if the hospital will link with third level institutions in establishing publically funded research carried out in the public good. 

“After today’s meeting, it looks like the new Children’s Hospital will be as much a bonanza for privatisation as it will be a world class paediatric hospital.” 

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