Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (445)

Michael McGrath


445. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health if the cost of the national children’s hospital is €1.73 billion as mentioned in a report (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27950/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I advised Government in December 2018 that the overall cost to complete the capital project is €1,433m, this includes all of the capital cost for the main hospital at St James's Hospital campus which will house the school and third level educational spaces, the two OPD and urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospital campuses, equipment for the three sites, and the construction of the carpark and retail spaces.

The €1.7 billion includes the capital cost plus investment in ICT and the Electronic Health Record rollout - funded through the ICT capital programme, the comprehensive Children's Hospital Integration Programme which is well underway - ensuring the successful clinical and operational merging of three paediatric hospitals - pre-2013 project expenditure relating to the former Mater project, and the planned construction of the Children’s Research and Innovation Centre to be funded through philanthropic funding.