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Temple St can't afford more cuts - consultant

THE last thing that Temple Street Children's University Hospital needs is more cuts in funding, according to a leading consultant.

It was announced this week that the hospital will see its funding cut by €1.5m this year by the HSE as part of a radical shake-up in health funding.

It is one of a number of well performing hospitals, many based in the capital, that will see savage cuts to their budgets.

Some of Dublin's busiest hospitals, including St James's Hospital and Crumlin's Children Hospital, will see their budgets cut by up to €9m this year.



Dr Sinead Murphy, a consultant paediatrician at Temple Street, told the Herald that the hospital provides an "excellent service" and the budget cutback would hit them hard.

"We just don't have room for cuts," she said.

The busy hospital caters for 133,000 children every year, and seven major specialties are based there. It also boasts a unique childhood obesity treatment programme, called W82GO, which Dr Murphy is the clinical lead on.

It is unclear whether the treatment programme will be affected by the cuts.

The scheme has seen 312 children battling weight problems over the past five years, and there are 150 children on the waiting list for treatment.

The huge demand means that they can face a wait of up to five months.

It's a 12-month family-based treatment programme which provides families with health, nutrition, and support.

Dr Murphy said: It's a programme run as part of the hospital but a lot of the people give very voluntarily of their time."

Dublin mum-of-three Celine Dixon told how her daughter Lillie (8) has really benefited from taking part in it.

"Lillie was born at 26 weeks and was just over a kilo in weight," Celine said.

She said that Lillie developed asthma at a young age and was hospitalised in 2011 before joining the programme. "As we were going on, I could see improvements in Lillie," her mum said.