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Children's services must remain at Tallaght Hospital - Crowe

16 September, 2006


Speaking at a protest at Tallaght Hospital today Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe said children’s services must remain at Tallaght Hospital.  Deputy Crowe the controversial decision to situate the new National Children’s Hospital at the Mater should not be to the detriment of existing services at Tallaght.

He  said,  “Last  month  my  Sinn  Féin  colleagues  and  I highlighted the difficulties  that  many  parents  from Tallaght and surrounding areas will face  when  they need to bring their children to the Children’s hospital at the  Mater.   By comparing journey times we found that the fastest we could get  there from Tallaght was 54minutes by car.  For those relying on public transport  it is about half an hour extra travel time. This is a completely unnecessary hardship to inflict on children who may be sick and in pain.

“The controversial decision to situate the new National Children’s Hospital at  the  Mater  should  not  be  to  the  detriment of existing services at Tallaght.   The  downgrading  of  Tallaght hospital will have a devastating effect  on  the  accessibility  of  basic  children’s  medical  services to southside  parents.   The  67,221  patients seen at the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght last year will be forced to trek into the City Centre. And  they  will  be  joined  there  by the thousands of other patients from Crumlin Hospital.

“The  Children’s  Hospital  at  Tallaght  must  remain  open  and, in fact, existing services should actually be upgraded to cater for the overwhelming demand that is currently there.” ENDS

Note to Editors – Times for journeys:

Tallaght Central councillor Mark Daly travelling by car to the Mater:
54 minutes and 3 seconds.

Tallaght  South  councillor Cathal King travelling by 77 Bus to City Centre
and then walking to the Mater: 1 hour, 21 minutes and 46 seconds.

Dublin  South West TD Seán Crowe travelling by LUAS to City Centre and then
walking to the Mater: 1 hour, 32 minutes and 50 seconds.

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