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Children’s hospital Board appointments announced

20 Aug 2013


Photo by Voisin/Phanie / Rex Features

By Lloyd Mudiwa.


The Minister for Health has appointed nine more members to the Children’s Hospital Group Board, which is meant to meld the existing three paediatric facilities into one, before the construction of the new National Paediatric Hospital commences.

A transitional Board of officials from the Department of Health and the HSE has been in place since January and has progressed the project on a number of fronts, with the aim of securing planning permission by December 2014, Hawkins House said.

The new Board members include the former Secretary General in the Department of Health Michael Scanlan, who also is Chair of the Tallaght Hospital Board, and the Chairs of the existing three paediatric hospitals that will come together in the Hospital Group — Crumlin, Temple Street and the paediatric service at Tallaght — consistent with the Higgins report on Hospital Groups.

The new children’s hospital, to be co-located with St James’s Hospital, will bring together the three existing Dublin paediatric hospitals (Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street; and the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght) into one entity.

The new Board members include John Hennessy representing the Chair of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and Sean Sheehan, Chair of the Board of the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street. They will join existing Chair Dr Jim Browne.

Meanwhile, Minister James Reilly also appointed a Chair and other members to the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, which is currently seeking to hire a communications consultant for the new children’s hospital, replacing the interim Board members who have been progressing the new hospital capital project since January.

lloyd.mudiwa@imt.ie

Date: 
20 August 2013

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