Tuesday 11 December 2018

New hospital name could be 'insensitive'

Dr Eilish Hardiman, CEO of Children’s Hospital Group
Dr Eilish Hardiman, CEO of Children’s Hospital Group
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Naming the new national children's hospital 'The Phoenix Children's Hospital Ireland' could be insensitive to families of deceased children whose organs were retained and subsequently incinerated, according to a number of doctors.

The view was set out in a letter from Dr Shoana Quinn, chair of the joint paediatric medical advisory committee, comprising doctors in the three children's hospitals.

She said many members of the committee held the view the reference to "phoenix" would serve as a constant reminder to these families of their loss.

The letter was written to Eilish Hardiman, who is CEO of the Children's Hospital Group.

A spokeswoman for the group said yesterday that hospital staff were involved in the naming process.

She said the name came from a staff member.

Irish Independent

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