Update 10 May 2012

1)NCHA met with four members of the  Review Group on the 2nd May, 2012. We were very courteously received by Dr. Dolphin. Mr Martin, Mr. Collins and Prof. Smith.

Read the written submission from NCHA to the Review Group here

2)Visit the ‘MEDIA – Newspaper’ page on our website for the latest articles about  the ongoing location debate.

Dr. Dolphin and ‘Noise’, 09.03.2012

The then chairman of the HSE board Dr Frank Dolphin, ex-chairman of the Children’s University Hospital,Temple St. and ex-member of the Board of Governors of the Mater Hospital, addressing delegates at the National Healthcare Conference at the Burlington Hotel,March 2011,  said, as reported by Eithne Donnellan in the Irish Times, 25.03.2011 -…. it was a pity that “in all of the noise about the location of a building, we are losing sight of the fact that we must develop the highest level of tertiary care for our children, and that point is being lost in the arguments about location”…. “I continue to be concerned about the fact that there are a small group of people who are extremely well organised and who continue to come out with a line of more implication than fact about the hospital.”

NCHA agrees that patient care  is the priority. The priority is not the development of the Mater. That is why we say – Let’s change the site, let’s get it right. It is patient care  we are making ‘noise’ about, Dr Dolphin.

See Posts of 05/03/2012 and 24/02/2012 below.


Again we say-Dr. Dolphin should resign 05/03/2012.

The following is  an excerpt from a letter  received by the New Children’s Hospital Alliance under Freedom of Information  legislation.

From: Prof Brendan Drumm, CEO, HSE

To: Mr. Michael Scanlon, Secretary General, Department of Health and Children

Date: 10th April 2006

“..Mr. John O’Brien has indicated, in order to avoid any possible perception of bias, that he [will] step down from the Group [Task group on the Location of the National Paediatric Hospital] which he has chaired to date. While I am fully confident as to the objectivity, rigour and professionalism of the group, this possibility arises out of the continued candidacy of St. James’ Hospital as a potential site for the Children’s Hospital and John’s former association with St. James’s as CEO”..

Dr. Frank Dolphin was appointed on 23 February 2012, within hours of the rejection by An Bord Pleanála of the Mater site, to chair a new review committee on location. He is former Chairman of the Board of Management of the Children’s University Hospital Temple St. and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Mater Misericordia Hospital. He resigned from these positions in 2010.

Do different standards of probity apply in 2012 than in 2006?

See website post  : Dr. Dolphin should resign 24/02/2012


Hospital Developer speaks out, 02/03/; read Responses 05/03/2012

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

Adult Hospital Co-location

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).

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