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Taoiseach and a new Minister for Health need to take finally control of children’s hospital – O’Reilly

15 February, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this afternoon on foot of BAM writing to the Taoiseach regarding the national children’s hospital project, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the Taoiseach and a new Minister for Health need to take finally control of children’s hospital project.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The children’s hospital is long overdue and its speedy completion is paramount. However, the overrun on the hospital is extremely worrying and the State cannot have a blank cheque book for any capital project. There has to be sense and prudence.

“The current Minister for Health has shown himself to be totally incompetent in relation to this project and he needs to removed and distanced from anything to do with the new children’s hospital.

“The Taoiseach and a new Minister for Health need to finally take control of this situation and immediately call for an emergency meeting with BAM, with the Design Team, and with The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board about this project. There must be a specific focus on cost recovery and how the costs can be lowered and controlled.  Savings must be made so the mammoth cost overrun is as miniscule as possible. All options must be kept on the table.

“Furthermore, the PwC report must also assess the letter sent by BAM including an analysis of its offer and contents.

“We are also calling on BAM and the Design Team and The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board to appear before the Health Committee to discuss these matters at the earliest available opportunity.

“I have written to the chair of the Health Committee this afternoon calling for this. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered and I have no confidence in this government to take responsibility for all the mistakes made in relation to this important project.” 

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