Saturday 20 January 2018

Doctors support St James's for facility

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

ST JAMES'S Hospital has gained ground as the potential location for the national children's hospital after intense behind-the-scenes lobbying by medics.

Doctors from St James's have mounted a strong campaign and have got support from some colleagues at the Mater, who now realise their hospital will not be chosen as the site.

The lobbying is believed to have been part of the reason why Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has been conducting his own examination of the feasibility of putting the new hospital in St James's campus.

This is despite the fact that the analysis by the review group chaired by businessman Frank Dolphin, which includes experienced planners, was most favourable to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

It is understood that some doctors in the Mater have joined in the campaign for St James's because it is certain that the Mater would lose some specialties to Connolly Hospital over time if the new hospital is built there.

Connolly has 150 acres and motorway access to offer but it lacks a number of specialties.

Irish Independent

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