Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (475)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

475. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the new children's hospital; the budget, and timeframe involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24245/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The new children's hospital is a commitment in the Programme for Government and is a priority for me and for this Government. The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board is responsible for delivering the new hospital on schedule, to optimal design and value for money. The Board’s membership reflects the skills and expertise required to achieve that, including construction, planning, engineering, procurement and architecture as well as clinical and stakeholder involvement. The Board is now in the final phase of the selection process for the appointment of a design team. The full design team is expected to be appointed shortly, following which design development will begin, with the aim of submitting an application for planning permission in February 2015. Construction is scheduled to commence in August 2015, and the transition of services to the new hospital is on schedule to commence at the end of 2018.

In October 2013, the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform announced that up to €200m would be made available for the new children’s hospital from the sale of the National Lottery, adding to the existing €450m Exchequer funding and underlining the Government's commitment to the project. Philanthropic / non-Exchequer funding will be sought as appropriate. The business case for the hospital is currently being revised and updated, and this will set out outline capital costs for the hospital on the St James's campus and potential future revenue savings arising from operational efficiencies. Estimates set out in the revised business case will be reviewed and refined at each stage of the project.