HEALTH: Construction of Ireland's new children's hospital is not expected to start until spring of 2015 according to Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly.
In a statement released today on the first anniversary of the Government's decision to locate the new hospital on the St James's site the Minister Reilly said the aim was to secure planning permission by December of next year.
“The building of this hospital is a government priority and capital funding has been set aside for its delivery. This flagship project will serve generations of Irish children. No effort will be spared in expediting its completion”, Minister Reilly said.
"The decision to choose the St James’s site from among the range of options presented in the Dolphin report ensures that the planned co-location with an adult hospital and, ultimately, tri-location with a maternity hospital, will be delivered," Dr Reilly added.
The three existing paediatric hospitals in Dublin – Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, and the paediatric service at Tallaght Hospital welcomed the move to merge the three hospitals into a single large facility that will also co-locate on the site with an adult teaching hospital.
Minister Reilly also announced today that applicants for the post of Programme Director for the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) are now being shortlisted for interview.
The new Programme Director will lead the project and be responsible directly to the NPHDB.
He said that the Government had restructured the NPHDB to enable it to focus on the single function of building the new hospital.
In August, the Minister appointed Mr. Tom Costello as Chair of the NPHDB, along with the appointment of 12 board members.
This month also saw the appointment of Eilísh Hardiman as CEO of the Children’s Hospital Group.
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