Since my appointment as Minister in summer 2016, I have had numerous meetings at which the National Children’s Hospital may have been discussed. These include meetings with my officials, with officials from the Department of Health, with political colleagues and, of course, with the Minister for Health, with whom I have met at least 50 times in Government Buildings during this time according to my official diary. The National Children’s Hospital would have been discussed at some of these meetings.
I am happy to tell the Deputy that work continues to progress on the St. James’ hospital site. Once completed, the new National Children’s Hospital will provide the highest possible standard of treatment and care to children, young people and their families who require access to national tertiary and quaternary paediatric services.