Written answers

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Department of Health

Hospitals Building Programme

5:00 pm

Photo of Michael McCarthyMichael McCarthy (Cork South West, Labour)
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Question 142: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if he will initiate the review of the national children's hospital with or without a tender process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8991/11]

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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The Government has committed, under the Programme for Government, to the construction of the New Children's Hospital. Since my appointment as Minister, I have been engaged in discussions with my officials and with the National Paediatric Hospital Board in order to brief myself on the work done on this project to date. I want to be clear about how we can best provide the hospital in the most cost effective manner while ensuring a high quality service for our children and young people. I intend to carry out a review of the National Children's Hospital project and will announce the details shortly. I am in the process of finalising issues around the scope of the Review. When this is complete I will decide on the appropriate approach to the carrying out of this Review and the necessity or otherwise for a tender process.


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