Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (718)

Carol Nolan

Question:

718. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health the details of the costs associated with implementing the recommendations contained within the new children's hospital independent review of the escalation in costs prepared by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8153/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In January 2019, PwC was commissioned by the HSE, on behalf of the Government, to conduct a review of the cost escalation associated with the children's hospital project. The report made 11 recommendations. The Government accepted the recommendations of the PwC report.

Substantial progress has been made in putting into effect measures that will address the recommendations of the report. Some of the recommendations are fully implemented and a substantial number of the actions to implement the remaining recommendations are complete, with some ongoing.

The HSE, National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) and Children's Health Ireland have indicated that there will be additional costs to their organisations arising from the implementation of the PwC recommendations, and the Department of Health is working with stakeholders to ensure that any such implementation costs are met from existing resources within each organisation to the greatest extent possible.

At this time, there has been no additional funding approved to meet any additional costs of implementation.