Duty of care
• Co-location is one of the key concepts being flung around (or rubbished) in the debate following the refusal of the children's hospital planning permission by An Bord Pleanala.
Its merits do not depend on a statistical headcount of how many leading children's hospitals outside this island have or do not have co-location. Many of those were established and/or built many decades ago so they should not be cited (on this issue) in this debate.
The argument for co-location is based on common sense. Many conditions to which the infant is subject can now be identified and addressed before birth. But some require treatment or procedures after birth -- and these should be available immediately after birth.