Monday 23 October 2017

Tallaght site ideal for children's hospital

The valid concerns from both sides over the location of the new children's hospital have gained pace of late and have been heightened this week following the launch of the design for the new building. This decision will affect how we care for our sick children going forward for decades to come.

The concerns expressed on the pro-Mater side include the absolute requirement for co-location with an adult teaching hospital and that the new design will provide for excellence unsurpassed in child hospital-based care despite concerns over access.

The anti-Mater side questions travel and access for both the public and the ambulance service. They quote the absolute need for co-location with maternity services and how costs would be reduced on a greenfield site (rather than the excavation for underground car parking at a city centre site). A location along the M50 has been put forward as a more ideal location.

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