Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Health
Hospitals Building Programme
Question 499: To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that the plans for the proposed Mater site for the National Children's Hospital in Dublin was to include a helipad on its roof; if for logistical reasons it will not be now possible to land a helicopter at the new site; and are the project proposers now looking at an alternative site near the Mater at which children and patients will have to be driven and transferred by ambulance to the site of the proposed emergency unit. [17308/11]
The project brief for the National Children's Hospital includes a requirement for the provision of helicopter facilities.
The Report of the independent review of the location of the National Children's Hospital, announced by me on the 12th of May 2011, is expected shortly. When the expert report is received I will carefully consider the next steps in building the national children's hospital.
I do not intend to comment on any aspect of the project until the Report and expert recommendation have been received. This is an independent Review and I would not wish to influence them in the deliberations.