The Tallaght hospital is in danger of being run down as plans for a new National Children’s hospital are finalised. The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children should come to the Seanad to discuss a variety of issues. I particularly seek a debate on the Adelaide Hospital. The leaders of the Adelaide Hospital are meeting the Taoiseach today about what they regard as a highly critical situation for the hospital.
Their problem is that a hospital in the fastest growing population area in the country is now being run down. The Adelaide Hospital feels seriously let down by the Government, not just by the decision to establish a national children’s hospital in the Mater Hospital but also by the fact that the under-investment in the Adelaide contradicts all the promises that were made by the Government to that hospital in 1996.
A hospital which deals with 30,000 children in the accident and emergency department every year will, apparently, see its children’s facility moved. The maternity facilities are also being run down and, as a result of under-investment, there are probably about 200 too few beds. It is a critical matter that must be debated urgently before something dramatic happens.