Thursday 27 October 2016

Badly-needed hospital finally gets green light

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

James's Hospital; facade
James's Hospital; facade

After more than a decade of waiting and following years of debate over the proposed location, we finally have planning permission for a National Children's Hospital.

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By 2020, the €650m facility should be up and running, bringing to an end the current appalling situation where anxious parents are forced to sleep on floors, and medical staff obliged to work in antiquated and overcrowded conditions.

The current system has not served the children of Ireland well, and the only regret is that it has taken so long to finally reach a point where construction work can begin.

Outgoing Health Minister Leo Varadkar noted that nothing short of an asteroid hitting the planet would delay the project, but it should be noted that there is an eight-week period for a judicial review to be sought, which could stall development,

Assuming there are no developments on this front, work is expected to begin on the St James's Hospital site by the summer.

Finally, we will have a world-class facility capable of helping those most in need. Work cannot begin quickly enough.

Irish Independent

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