Tuesday 28 February 2012

National Children's Hospital timeline

The following is reproduced from the Irish Times:

A look at the history of the National Paediatric Hospital development

2006 February: Report by consultants McKinsey recommends a single world-class tertiary paediatric centre amalgamating three existing children’s hospitals in the capital. New facility to be located in Dublin adjacent to an adult hospital.

2006 June: HSE taskforce selects the Mater campus as the site. This is endorsed by the government.

2007 May: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board established by then minister for health Mary Harney.

2009 October: Then taoiseach Brian Cowen says the hospital will open by the end of 2014.

2010 October: Board chairman Philip Lynch resigns after Ms Harney hears he questions the site’s suitability for the project.

2011 March: The board’s second chairman, John Gallagher resigns saying he is at “risk of incurring further material ongoing costs in the project without full government support”.

2011 May: Minister for Health James Reilly announces independent team to review site decision.

2011 July: Independent team’s report affirms the correct site was chosen. A planning application for the new hospital is submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

2011 October: Enormous scale of the hospital on Mater site emerges as the key issue in the first week of An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing on the €650 million Government-approved project.

2012 January: An Bord Pleanála defers a decision in relation to the hospital which because of the complexity of the case.

2012 February: An Bord Pleanála refuses planning permission for the proposed hospital on the Mater campus. The board said proposed development would “constitute overdevelopment”

Read the article @ The Irish Times


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