Sunday 17 February 2019

Children's hospital satellite on target for opening in summer

  

An artist's impression of the National Children’s Hospital
An artist's impression of the National Children’s Hospital
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The National Children's Hospital's first suburban satellite centre in Blanchardstown will open as scheduled in July.

Ten of the 13 posts for consultants needed to work at the centre at Dublin's Connolly Hospital have already been filled, a spokeswoman for the hospital board has said.

She was responding to concerns by the Irish Hospital Consultants Association that the centre would not be ready to open after failing to recruit sufficient specialists because of the ongoing pay gap between new recruits and long-serving doctors.

It would be another setback for the hospital, which is at the centre of controversy over its €1.7bn construction costs.

However, the spokeswoman said it was on track to open as scheduled in July.

The paediatric outpatients and urgent care centre is one of two suburban satellites, linked to the planned main hospital, which is sited in the campus of St James's Hospital. The second is in Tallaght Hospital and will open next year.

The spokeswoman said recruitment was ongoing for the remaining posts.

Irish Independent

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