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For a Hospital to be Located in Accordance with Political Convenience is Unacceptable

Posted on: November 28th, 2006

I congratulate the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Deputy Brian Lenihan, on his decision to review the location of the planned children’s hospital especially since the location proposed is the Mater Hospital, which is in the Taoiseach’s constituency

Some reports suggested that it was predestined to do so, which is quite alarming for others involved in the controversy.

I told the Seanad, “The most telling argument is that, given the current situation in Dublin with the traffic and the lack of infrastructure, it will be impossible for some vehicles carrying children to the Mater Hospital to reach it in time for them to receive the necessary medical treatment. It is as simple as that. As those who were caught in Dublin traffic last week will know, it is indefensible in any modern terms. However, when it comes to getting people to hospital in an emergency, the Mater is a non-starter.”

I called on the Leader of the Seanad to consider asking the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Deputy Brian Lenihan, to attend the House to expand on his very enlightened remarks and “suggest a new system involving, at the very least, a hub, which could be the Mater if political imperatives so demand, with spokes around the city at other hospitals accessible to children through the traffic.”

This problem must be removed from the territorial political arena for which it is far too serious. For a hospital to be located in accordance with political convenience is completely and utterly unacceptable.