Thursday, 18 February 2021

Questions (294)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

294. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health the current estimated costs of the construction of the new national children's hospital. [9215/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The approved overall capital budget of the national children's hospital project is €1.433bn. This includes all of the capital costs for the main hospital at St James's Hospital campus, the two Outpatient Departments and Urgent Care Centres at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown and Tallaght University Hospital campuses, equipment for the three sites, and the construction of the carpark and retail spaces. The €1.433bn does not take into account the cost of Covid-19.

Additional costs in relation to the integration and transfer of the services of the three children’s hospitals to the new sites brings the total budget to €1.73bn.

This includes investment in ICT, an Electronic Health Record system, the Children's Hospital Integration Programme (the 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. The inclusion of these elements alongside the capital build account for a total overall project budget of €1.73bn.

The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) has undertaken an assessment of the current position in order to assess a revised likely timeframe and potential costs. The Department has sought independent expert advice to assist with its consideration of the NPHDB's review.

When this work is completed, before the end of this month, it will be submitted to me as Minister and then relevant stakeholders will be updated.

Until that work is complete, and as advised to the PAC Committee on 9th February, it would be premature to speculate on any definitive updates at this time.