The Children's hospital at Crumlin is pulling out of the National Children's hospital to be based at the Mater
It was also featured in Primetime tonight.
There are major issues with the handling of this issue.
Firstly, why are we not told in detail about why the Mater site was chosen at all.
I'm curious about how this facility is going to be 'world class' the HSE's own words when the research facility will be less than 2% the size of the Children's Hospital in Toronto. Again the HSE's own words
Since much of the new hospital is to be built in the car park of the Mater where are the existing cars going to go? Will people who currently access the adult Mater hospital start flying in? And where will people bringing their children for treatment park? Because the suggestion that people will use public transport is the stuff of someone who does not understand urban planning or transpot issues in Dublin. I lived very close to the Mater for a number of years and the idea that it is a suitable site for this type of expansion is barmy.
Anyone living in Dublin will find accessing the Mater seriously problematic.
And people from outside of Dublin will drive to a station to get a train, then a Luas outside Heuston or Connolly, then a Metro to access the hospital and up escaltors again. This kind of terkking is almost farcial if it were not for the people at the heart of this. Critically ill children.
Explain to us Prof. Drumm how a family will a sick child will get on the Luas at Heuston when it so full most of time that the operator is jacking up prices to scalp rush hour travellers. Parents who then have to exit the Luas and travel down escalators into a Metro station right in the heart of Dublin.
And how about getting seat on a train into Dublin that is suitable for sick child or wheelchair users on an intercity stock that has seats that are completely imobile. And how much of the country is even serviced by a rail network.
If I was being purely political about this I'd be suggesting that near Beaumont was the place for this facility, but I think that the site suggested in the summer by the private group close to Tallaght hospital (as being proximate to an adult hospital was a key aspect according to the McKinsey report). It is close to the N7, and the upgraded M50 and the Luas. Why not build it there?
And why is Harney neither leading the charge to support this on Primetime or listening to what people are saying?