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13 years ago. HSE says Co-location not necessary

HSE website posting, 7th March 2006, headed “HSE Refutes Criticism of Process to Select New Children’s Hospital Site” states: –
“The outcome process has not been predetermined…..It is open and objective to the point where the outcome may even be a decision to locate somewhere other than an existing hospital site.…Any suggestion that this group has prejudged anything is completely misplaced”. McKinsey was published 1st Feb 2006, and the Task Group on optimal Location of the New Children’s Hospital was set up in early February 2006.

Letter to Cabinet 13.02.2017 remains unanswered

This letter from Jack and Jill Foundation and the Connolly for Kids Hospital umbrella group was delivered in hard copy to all members of the cabinet, to Opposition Health spokespersons and to the Attorney General on the 13th February 2017. BAM (3rd February 2017)had announced it was the preferred bidder, before the business case was assembled by Ministers Harris and Donohoe and presented to cabinet for approval on the 24th April 2017. The letter, with references and appendices, was again sent to all members of the cabinet by email on the 17th February 2017. The Minister for Health was tasked by the government Chief Whip with replying “directly and with urgency” to the letter . No reply has been received.

Cost per square metre

It is our  understanding that gross internal space ( not including car park space) is the usual metric used.Using the now known  (Dec 2018) true construction cost –  €1.43 billion and

(i)Omitting the car parks, the FAU and the CRIC from the calculation but  adding in the two AUCCs

1.43billion divided by (119,368 + 4466+5093)  =  €11,085 per sqm

(ii) Omitting the car parks, FAU,CRIC and the 2 AUCCs

1.43 billion divided by 119,369 (main hospital gross internal  area) = € 12,016 per sqm

Using the 2017 costing,the true cost per square metre of the new children’s hospital was €8603, not €6500 as claimed by the NPHDB

Hospital Board issue incorrect “Key Facts”- 320, not 380, ensuite rooms

Eilish Hardiman, CEO, issued a letter to Children’s Hospital staff, 16th January 2019, after meeting the Oireachtas Health Committee. Please note that a “key fact” included is incorrect. There are not “380 individual, ensuite inpatient bedrooms, each with a bed for parent”. There are, as per Bord Pleanála planning permission, 320 (not 380) en suite individual bedrooms

There are major question marks over the accuracy of many “key facts” issued by the Children’s Hospital Group Board. Truth would be helpful- and deserved by the Irish public.

NCHA Submission to Joint Health Committee

On Wednesday last,16th January 2019, members of the New Children’s Hospital Alliance and the ExtraSpecial Kids group were present in the public gallery to hear Tom Costello, Chair NPHDB, John Pollock, Project Director NPHDB and Eilish Hardiman, CEO and Emma Curtis, Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Group being questioned by committee members regarding the out-of-control costs of the NCH project at St James’s.

Go ahead given to BAM April 2017 despite Cost and Medical concerns

2nd February 2017 – BAM states that the company had been notified that it is the preferred bidder for the NCH construction contract.

There is no DoH statement on the matter but Minister for Finance , Paschal Donohoe,states on RTE One’s ‘Morning Ireland’ that the process is ongoing and that a ‘business case’ was yet to be presented to him to make a decision on. He will be working with Minister Harris on this.

13th February – A letter is sent to all members of the Cabinet from the Connolly for Kids Hospital Group including the New Children’s Hospital Alliance(NCHA) and the Jack and Jill Foundation requesting that certain questions be answered on Cost and other matters before the contract is approved by cabinet.

6th March 2017 – Minister of Health, Simon Harris, is tasked by Cabinet with answering the questions in that letter “directly and with urgency” but despite repeated requests by the Government Chief Whip, Regina Doherty, no reply to the letter is received from the Minister – this is the Minister who prides himself in demanding “democratic accountability”

24th April 2017 – Minister for Health Simon Harris presents a formal memo to Cabinet . Cabinet approves the Definitive Business Case, including the full project cost.

3rd August 2017 – BAM signs the Construction Contract

Functions of the NPHDB and CHGB

The functions of the NPHDB, as outlined in S.I. 246 of 2007, are:

  • to plan, design, build, furnish and equip a national paediatric hospital (‘the new children’s hospital’) in accordance with a brief approved by the Health Services Executive (“the HSE”) with the prior consent of the Minister, and subject to any subsequent variations to this brief as may be determined by the HSE in consultation with the NPHDB, and with the prior consent of the Minister; and
  • do any other thing as is necessary for the performance of its functions.

The other functions of the NPHDB are currently undertaken by the Children’s Hospital Group Board (CHGB). These functions are as follows:

  • in consultation with the relevant hospitals, prepare plans for the transfer of services from the relevant hospitals to the hospital;
  • in consultation with the relevant hospitals, prepare a human resource strategy for the transfer to the new children’s hospital; and
  • explore the possibility of securing philanthropic contributions to meet all or part of the capital cost of developing the hospital, and foster the philanthropic interests that already exist in relation to the provision of paediatric services.

Responsibility for these functions passed to the CHGB on the13th September 2013, as set out in an operational agreement between the NPHDB, the CHGB and the HSE and approved by the Department of Health.

Costs that Connolly and St. James’s submitted to Dolphin 2012


 See below -the  costing estimate for the NPH by St.James (inner urban, brownfield) was less than that of Connolly  hospital (M50, greenfield) -strange!

The NATIONAL PAEDIATRIC HOSPITAL INDEPENDENT REVIEW , commissioned by James Reilly,Minister for Health, PART ONE : FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, July 2011 gives  €650m as the budget for the NPH at the MATER site .

Connolly Hospital submission of NPH Construction Cost ,May 2012, to the Dolphin Group :-


St. James’s Hospital submission of Construction Cost,( May 2012) to the Dolphin group :-

Building cost NPH,Maternity 2012