Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Questions (364)

Robert Dowds

Question:

385 Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Health and Children the extent the greenfield site at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 22, offered as a possible site for a new national children’s hospital, has been examined for its potential viability. [7478/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

One of the main roles of the Joint Task Group established in 2006 to advise on the optimum location for the New Children's Hospital was to identify potential site options for the location of the new paediatric hospital in line with the recommendations of the "Children's Health First" (McKinsey) Report. One of the Report's main recommendations was that the hospital should ideally be co-located with a leading adult academic hospital.

Twenty-two possible site locations were identified to the Task Group from the six Dublin adult academic teaching hospitals, public authorities, private organisations, the Office of Public Works and the Health Service Executive. A site near Newlands Cross owned by South Dublin County Council was amongst those submitted for consideration.

In the light of the recommendations of the "Children's Health First" Report and the advice received from international experts with regard to the clinical benefits to be derived from co-location the Task Group adopted as one of the main criteria for site selection the recommendation that the hospital should be co-located with a leading adult academic hospital. None of the sites proposed by public authorities, private organisations, the Office of Public Works or the Health Service Executive met this criteria.

Question No. 386 answered with Question No. 35.
Question No. 387 answered with Question No. 69.