Oireachtas Health Committee should listen to C4KH

Connolly for Kids Hospital(C4KH) sent the following to the Joint Oireachtas Health committee in Sept 2016 – but were ignored .  It was the C4KH who requested and gained the meeting of Oct 27th.  Billy Kelleher and his colleagues on the Health committee should have believed C4KH, not the  biased NPHBD/CHGB at that meeting.

Excerpt from C4KH Submission,to Heath Committee

“Value for money

Both the NPH Independent Review’s Financial Analysis(2011)[1] and the Dolphin Report (2012)[2] state that a greenfield site would be 25% cheaper to build on than an inner city site. The further demolition and rebuild of the adult St. James’s to facilitate an on-site Maternity hospital suggests a profligate attitude towards resource allocation. Any future expansion on this tight urban space would also generate extra construction cost. Building the NPH at Connolly Hospital would not only recoup the sunk costs of the Mater and James’s sites but money saved could be put towards the co-build of the new Rotunda Maternity Hospital, corridor-linked to the ICU of the NPH. This would be putting children first.

Faster, more cost-effective at Connolly

Departments currently at St. James’s requiring demolition / relocation to accommodate a relocatedMaternity Hospital .If the Maternity Hospital is added to the site, 1.26 hectares will be made available, requiring demolition/relocation of:

  • Adult Outpatients Department
  • Current ICU Department
  • Adult A/E Department.

(Note that the existing Coombe site stands on 3 Hectares)


ESTIMATE OF COST (2016) of the NPH if built at Connolly

Construction cost = €400M

Hospital 118,000 metres square @ €3000 per metre = €354M

Family accommodation 4,000 metres square @ €2,000 per metre = €8M

Research Department 3,000 metres @ €2,500 per metre= €7.5M

Two satellite units – 10,000 square metres @ €3,000 per metre = €30M

ADD Vat, Fees, fit-out and equipment @ app. 50% of construction Cost = €200M

TOTAL  =  €600 M

(Information Technology costs alone are estimated at app. €70M. Thus this figure is very conservative)


Estimate of Extra Cost if NPH is built at St. James’s in Dublin City Centre

  • Decanting and replacement of 21 departments, approx .=€100M
  • Sewer Diversion = €18M
  • Premium for Inner city construction 10% of construction cost =€40M
  • Underground car parking. Three levels .= €30M
  • Roof helipad fire proofing €2M
  • Dust protection, inflation, interest, contingency etc.?? Cost


Thus total projected cost (€600m+ €190M) for St. James’s site at current prices (2016) =  €790M



NPH at Connolly Hospital

  • Redesign

Utilising the work already achieved with departmental

proximities, areas required etc. a further period of 6 months is required.

  • Planning application to ABP

Three months if unopposed. Six months assuming objections.

  • Construction

Fast track Programme – 24 months

  • Commissioning

One month

Total Time from the “Proceed” date to Opening = 3 years[4].

[1]DoHNational Paediatric Hospital Independent Review’s Financial Analysis available at http://health.gov.ie/blog/publications/national-paediatric-hospital-independent-review/

[2]Appendix 4  “  Greenfield and urban sites: background note on the cost issues” available at http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Dolphin_Full-Appendices-1-5.pdf

[3]Data received from Mr James Sheehan, Member of Connolly for Kids Hospital

Group, Founder, Blackrock Clinic, Hermitage and Galway Clinics. For further details see http://connollyforkidshospital.com/why-connolly/cheaper-faster/”