St James's the obvious choice for National Children's Hospital - Conaghan

21 September 2012

Statement by Michael Conaghan TD

"With the Cabinet decision on where the National Children's Hospital will be located imminent, I am convinced that St. James's Hospital is the obvious choice.

"St. James's Hospital has the full support of the Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, currently the leading provider of paediatric medicine in Ireland. The chairman of OLCHC, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, has described the St. James's bid as 'an exceptional opportunity to develop a world-class centre of integrated acute healthcare in Ireland'.

"St. James's offers the best opportunity for co-location with an adult hospital of the highest standard, a paramount consideration. Clinical synergies at St. James's will allow for every possible speciality to be made available to future generations of children, for example cancer care. Of 27 clinical specialities identified, St. James's already provides 25, far out-stripping any other bid.

"The city site is without doubt the most accessible and best-serviced public transport hospital in Ireland, with the Luas and Dublin Bus routes crossing the Campus, Heuston Station on the doorstep and the M50 and two main motorways from the South and West only minutes away.

"Furthermore, the location of the NPH would be a huge boost to the economy of the South West Inner City, providing much-needed construction and service jobs.

"I have been making the case for St. James's among my Government colleagues. Review Group chairman Frank Dolphin has described this decision as 'a once in a lifetime opportunity to get it right'. St. James's Hospital is the right choice".

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