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Promised children's hospital developments should go ahead - Ó Caoláin

30 January, 2006

Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said it is “alarming” that there is now more uncertainty than ever over the future of children’s hospital services. Commenting on the “cloud of doubt” hanging over the promised re-development of Temple Street Hospital on the Mater Hospital site, he stated:

“The current bout of uncertainty and speculation over the future of children’s hospital services is alarming, especially for parents in Dublin and throughout the country who depend on both Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Commitments have been given by Government to provide the existing hospitals with the resources they need.

“It would be totally unacceptable if the Temple Street development were set aside, given the needs of children, the fact that planning is at an advanced stage and that €46 million has already been spent on the project. It is equally important that Crumlin Children’s Hospital is provided with the accommodation and staff it requires.

“The last thing we need now is the further delay in developing acute services for children that is being signaled prior to the publication of the consultancy report on these services next week.” ENDS

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