Dr Ruairi Hanley: This children's hospital fiasco shames us all
THE saga surrounding the location of the new national children's hospital lumbers on. Rumours suggest that it is now a two-horse race between St James's and Blanchardstown. However, it also appears that the Tanaiste has been engaging in his own 'consultations' on the matter -- which speaks volumes as to his faith in the entire process.
The debate has been dogged by controversy, bickering and idiotic conspiracy theories. In its handling of this issue, I believe our nation has conducted itself in a manner more befitting of a banana republic than a modern European state.
When it was first conceived, one of the key recommendations for any national children's hospital was a concept known as 'tri-location'. This meant that the new facility should be on the same site as a large, full-service adult hospital and a maternity hospital. This is regarded as the 'gold standard' for such 'centres of excellence' throughout the developed world.