Friday 20 September 2019

New children's hospital costs soar up to €1.3bn

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Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

The cost of the new national children's hospital has risen by almost a third, the Irish Independent has learned.

The building on the campus in St James's Hospital was supposed to cost in the region of €1bn. But the price of the facility has risen to more than €1.3bn. The hospital was already the most expensive paediatric facility in the world.

The Department of Health is understood to have been told of the €300m increase in spending on the project by the board of the new hospital.

Health Minister Simon Harris will brief ministers on the rising costs at next week's Cabinet meeting and explain the reasons behind the overrun. The opening has already been delayed again and it will not be ready until late 2022.

It was due to be ready in mid-2021 after years of being beset by setbacks.

The hospital will amalgamate three existing children's hospitals. Building started last year on the campus in St James's Hospital with costs having already increased during delays in choosing a site. Two satellite centres in Tallaght and Connolly Hospitals will open first.

The hospital was originally promised for late 2016.

Irish Independent

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