Wednesday 7 December 2016

Reilly faces huge task on children's hospital

Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00

Not only does the children's hospital involve substantial expenditure but, by definition, directly affects the future of our most important asset -- our children.

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Health Minister James Reilly must ensure that the review of the current proposals is made by independent analysts. An evaluation cannot be made by the people in the HSE and Department of Health who formulated these proposals or their colleagues.

Are the current proposals fundamentally flawed, as the former chairman of the development board said when he resigned? Is there room for eventual consensus on alternative proposals, making the best use of existing resources and facilities? Is it not possible to bring all the stakeholders together, even the most partial of advocates, and get them to agree?

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