Irish Times 2nd March 2012
Building national hospital for children in nine steps
OPINION: AS A concerned citizen, I have been appalled by the handling of the project for a new National Children’s Hospital. Having instigated, planned, developed, and commissioned three hospitals in the country in the past 30 years, ie Blackrock, Galway and Hermitage clinics, I have gained some experience in this area. Continue reading
The RKW Report ( Oct 2007), commissioned by the DoH/HSE to develop a Higher Level Framework Brief for the National Paediatric Hospital, uses three Co-location operational models – (i) Standalone, (ii) Campus model, & (iii) ‘Fully Integrated’ model.
The term “Co- location” as currently used in media debate in Ireland about the NPH confines the term to mean only what the RKW Report calls the ‘fully integrated’ model.
There has been gross exaggeration of the importance of adult hospital adjacency . See RKW Co-Location table.
(The table is from the RKW Report, Part 3, Appendix 1- Reference Sites Database Summary. It is the first table in Appendix 1 -General Profile).
The New Children’s Hospital Alliance (NCHA) welcomes the decision 23/02/2012, of An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for the proposed development of the National Paediatric Hospital at the Mater site. NCHA considers this decision ends the discussion of the Mater site as an option. Alternative sites must now be considered.
NCHA has learned with concern of the precipitous appointment of Dr. Frank Dolphin to chair the Review Committee, announced yesterday by the Minister for Health within hours of An Bord Pleanala’s decision. Prior to his appointment by Minister Harney as Chair of the Board of the HSE in August 2010, Dr Dolphin was Chairman of the Children’s University Hospital ,Temple St. and a member of the Board of Governers of the Mater Misericordia Hospital. He resigned from both of these positions on his appointment to the HSE.
Given the legacy of mistrust generated over the past five years it is essential that not even a perception of possible bias is allowable in this appointment particularly as the Minister has not outruled the possibility of the children’s hospital being built at the Mater.
NCHA believes that it is in the interests of the children of Ireland that Dr. Dolphin graciously decline the post. We further believe that the Department of Children should partner the Department of Health in all future deliberations regarding the urgent development of the National Paediatric Hospital.
Despite what several persons have stated to the contrary in media interviews today ,23/02/2012, the International Review in July 2011 was not a review of the choice of the Mater site.
Mr. Cole, the Northern Ireland Deputy Secretary and Chief Estates officer in the Dept. of Health, Northern Ireland, spoke as an expert witness for the applicant (NPHDB) on the topic of hospital co-location at the recent Oral Hearing of ABP. He is Chairman of the European Health Property Network (EuHPN), the organisation which recommended the team that conducted the Part One, Financial Analysis, NPH Independent Review commissioned by Minister Reilly in June 2011.
He showed slides of the Royal Hospital Group of Belfast hospitals and the new Southern Glasgow Hospitals campuses as examples of co-location. Site size was not mentioned.
Later, no answer was obtained from the applicant during the ‘ Questioning of Applicant ‘ sessions( Mr. Cole not present) when the size of UK sites was requested by an observer.
We have since found the following information on the Belfast and Glasgow hospitals websites:-
Size of Royal Belfast Hospitals Campus is 28.3ha (70 acres) with 4 hospitals – Adult, Maternity, Children’s (107 beds) and Dental hospitals. There are 2300 car parking spaces of which 740 are for patient/visitors and 1560 are for staff.
Size of New South Glasgow Hospitals Campus is 28.9ha. – Adult, Maternity, Children’s(256 beds) hospitals, research,laboratory and facilities management building (includes genetics)
Plots on the campus for a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow(postgrad) building, Medical undergraduate and Nursing education buildings have been identified and buildings planned.
Compare these sites to the Size of the Mater, Dublin, Site – 6.8ha – Adult, Maternity and Children’s( 445 beds) hospitals.
The Review Group in its report, Part 2, p14, states that it ” heard from a group of parents and care givers, representing a coalition of around 40 disease-specific support groups”. Continue reading
You can hardly blame him that he got it wrong – Dr. Shmerling, CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado, that is.
After all, this is what the Mater Misericordia University Hospital (MMUH)’s website says:-
“The Mater Campus comprises:- Continue reading
“There can never be enough parking” (Dr James Shmerling’s blog, CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado )
Dr Shmerling, CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado and Dr Mandell, CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital were members of the National Paediatric Hospital “Independent” Review, Dublin, Ireland( July 2011) which agreed with the government policy of putting the new Children’s Hospital at the Mater Hospital.
Here is what the websites for their hospitals -in Denver and Boston – reveal:-