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Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: At the outset I wish to state that I have been a long-term supporter of the children's hospital and of locating it on the St. James's Hospital site. My support has been based on the recommendation of a tri-located model with the capacity to include a maternity hospital and an adult hospital on the site. This will mean children can be born and transferred while women who have babies do not...

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: After this it definitely will be. We will give Ms Hardiman an honorary title. Once I committed myself to studying all the information I was convinced that this was the right place to put the hospital. I was given a document at the Oireachtas Committee on Health about four years ago. It stated that about 75% of the patient cohort came from the greater Dublin area. I do not care what...

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: To summarise Ms Hardiman's answers, staff in various sites are operating according to different protocols, with different ways of getting paid, different time schedules and different levels of management. CHI is streamlining practices so that staff can be transferred to the new hospital without a fuss about name tags, pay packets or practices.

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: This is absolutely necessary in order to integrate the services. The issue of parents' rooms constantly comes up. All rooms outside of the intensive care unit and the high dependency unit have facilities for parents. On the Crumlin road there is a charitable organisation providing facilities where parents or other children can stay. For the benefit of people who have never been in that...

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: That is fine. I wanted to clarify that in light of other questions that have been put.

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: On the ICT and the single unique identifier for children, would it be true to say this is a template for the future for adult healthcare? Are we trying to get it right with the children's identifier first or are both happening in tandem in the Department?

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: Again, I would not like the wrong message to go out from the committee on the 63% increase in design costs. My understanding from what Mr. Devine said is that the increase was to get more design because it precedes the GMP and the detailed drawings for where the plugs and cables go. It is not really the case that it was a pure increase but the costs increased by 63% to get more design....

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: It is worth noting that the-----

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: The consequences of it not being right are extremely serious-----

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: -----for the outcomes for children. The importance of having the right pipe attached to the right gas line, for example, is crucial.

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: On dealing with the period between now and when we have the new hospital, I welcome the reduction in the fee for the urgent care centres, which has gone from €100 to €75 to make the service more affordable. We need to focus on expanding the services at Connolly Hospital in the short-term because the reality is that if we have some kind of serious outbreak in the coming months...

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: With respect, does the Chairman have any suggestion as to what capital budget it should come from? Where would he expect it to come from if not from health?

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: Will the electronic health record contain any genetic data relating to children? I ask this because of how powerful that the genetic data of a population would be to a corporate entity. Do we have sufficient protections for our genetic data?

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: Either Mr. Barry or Mr. Gunning stated that there might be claims in addition to the €1.433 billion for items they thought were not included. Have they had a meeting on what these might be? I am thinking that it might relate to ground works or whatever. This would lead to an argument between the quantity surveyors on both sides. Has the NPHDB looked into what these potential big...

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: We have discussed that. Mr. Barry believes it is 50% of the claims.

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: Mr. Barry also said it was of those that had been submitted.

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: Yes.

Public Accounts Committee: National Paediatric Hospital Development Board: Financial Statements 2018 (5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: Good. I thank Mr. Barry.

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Chapter 15 - Development of Primary Care Centres
(5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: In 2008, the 304 sites for primary care were allocated. Is it correct they were decided in 2004? Mr. Reid or another official will know the answer. Perhaps it is Mr. Dean Sullivan's area. Is it correct that the total quantity of sites was allocated in 2008?

Public Accounts Committee: 2018 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Chapter 15 - Development of Primary Care Centres
(5 Dec 2019)

Kate O'Connell: From reading documents last night, a number of them were deemed to be in existence already. I cannot remember the exact number. In 2012, centres were prioritised based on demographics, need, etc. Is Mr. Reid telling us today that no review has been done since 2012? Is there still need in those areas? My concern is that a pathway was carved out seven to ten years ago and the position has...

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