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Existing children's hospitals must be supported while new plan is devised – Ó Caoláin

6 March, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the agreement by the cabinet on the terms of reference for the review group on the children’s hospital of Ireland, the Sinn Féin health and children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“It is important that this project is moved forward as speedily as possible as a new national children’s hospital is badly needed. But it is equally important that our existing children’s hospitals are supported while a new plan is devised and during the long time it will take to construct the new hospital. Our paediatric hospitals are currently under huge pressure and it is unacceptable that children in our health services should have to endure overcrowded emergency departments, long waits for bed and excessive waiting lists for treatment.

“Minister Reilly has stated that the issue of location is on the table for the review group and that he is not wedded to the Mater site. That acknowledgement is important.”

Deputy Ó Caoláin made his comments following the rejection of the plan for the Mater Hospital site by An Bórd Pleanála.

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