Thursday, 30 November 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
84. Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Health and Children if she has arranged immediate talks with the Health Service Executive in respect of the submission made by Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin in respect of the Mater site chosen by the HSE task force for the new Children’s Hospital; and her views on the impact of the submission on the public debate in the matter. [40983/06]
Minister for Health and Children (Ms Harney): The report referred to by the Deputy has already been the subject of detailed discussions between representatives of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and the joint HSE/ Department of Health and Children Transition Group which is advancing the development of the new National Paediatric Hospital. The Group is in the process of engaging consultants to prepare a high level framework brief which will help to inform decisions in relation to the full range of services to be provided at the new hospital. The Transition Group has agreed that the Crumlin report will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the framework brief.
I have also met with representatives from the hospital, and have assured them that I am committed to ensuring that the new National Paediatric Hospital will deliver a world-class service for the children of this country.
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