Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (785)

Cormac Devlin


785. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Health the number of subsequent meetings that took place following the April 2019 new children's hospital independent review of escalation of costs report and its 11 recommendations between his Department, the Departments of the Taoiseach and Public Expenditure and Reform, the HSE, Children's Health Ireland and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board including meeting dates in 2019 and 2020 and other participating Departments; the structures that were put in place to progress and implement these recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8382/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Following publication of the PwC independent review of the escalation of costs of the new children’s hospital project, my Department worked closely with the Departments of An Taoiseach and of Public Expenditure and Reform, and with the HSE, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) to develop an implementation plan for the 11 recommendations set out in the PwC report. In that regard, a workshop of all key stakeholders was held on 30 April 2019 to finalise the plan. Notwithstanding COVID-19 related challenges, that implementation is well underway and good progress has been made to date, noting that the majority of remaining actions will remain ongoing over the life of the project or are applicable to future stages of the project. In relation to the management and oversight arrangements of the project, revised governance structures have now been developed and will be implemented subject to Government approval. In the interim, existing governance arrangements remain in place with full focus on the work to implement the PwC recommendations and to oversee all aspects of this complex project. Under these arrangements, Children’s Hospital Project & Programme Steering Group meetings are held monthly and Children’s Hospital Project & Programme Board meetings quarterly.