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Minister must push ahead with new children's hospital

18 January, 2006

Sinn Féin leader on Dublin City Council, Councillor Christy Burke has called on the Táinaiste and Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney and the head of the HSE Professor Drumme to move forward with a proposal to use a site at Dublin's Matter Hospital to build the replacement for Temple Street Hospital.

Speaking after accompanying Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald to a meeting in Temple street hospital last night Cllr Burke said said:

"This debacle over the replacement of Temple Street Children's Hospital has been going on for twelve years now. Plans have been drawn up, planning permission has been granted and over €36million has been spent on preparatory work, which calls into question the issue of engineer consultant's fees.

"The building of the new hospital was due to begin in the spring of this year. However, professor Drumme has now put a halt on that pending a review.

"This has been going on way too long. I am calling on the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney and the head of the Health Service Executive, professor Drumme to make a decision and move on with this project.

"The cramped Victorian conditions at Temple Street Hospital are unacceptable for patients and for the staff that have to work there.

"How can the Mary Harney justify spending €36 million on preparatory work for a hospital that may or may not be built, all the while patients and staff are suffering in terrible conditions while they wait for their new hospital to be built." ENDS

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