Wednesday 22 January 2020

Ploughing on

It beggars belief that Health Minister James Reilly is still ploughing forward regardless, like a bull in a china shop, in his attempt to impose the national children's hospital on the cramped Mater Site (February 29).

Dr Reilly now talks about building a "less grandiose" national children's hospital and removing "laboratories as well as education and research facilities" from a revised build. Irish paediatric medical and surgical training is already at risk of "becoming derecognised internationally", as stated recently by a prominent Irish medical consultant.

If we go down this route then there is absolutely no way that it will have any credibility in the international medical community.

I'd be very interested to hear what the much-quoted international panel that produced the report to Dr Reilly would say about this reductionist claptrap.

Once more the children of Ireland are not getting the centre of excellence they deserve, in order to satisfy political expediency.

Prof Mark Lawler
Kilmainham, D8

Irish Independent

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