Wednesday 22 November 2017

Our child hospitals deserve far better

Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin is crumbling, a fire hazard and an infection risk.

Ceilings leak, tiles fall off walls. The Department of Health has told the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that the building is unfit for purpose.

In Crumlin, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children was the subject of a development control plan seven years ago. "With notable exceptions", not much has improved since then. One has to wonder whether urgently needed renovations in both places were postponed or forgotten about while the controversy raged over the location of the new children's hospital, which will incorporate both institutions.

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