Press Release

Government Approves the drafting of the Children’s Health Bill 2017

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, today announced the Government’s approval for the drafting of the Children’s Health Bill 2017.

This Bill will establish a single statutory entity to take over the services of the existing three Dublin children’s hospitals, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, and the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital, and to run the new children’s hospital which is being built on a campus shared with St James’s Hospital, and the paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals. This follows on from the 26 April 2017 decision by the Government to approve the construction investment for the children’s hospital and associated outpatient and urgent care centres.

The Minister stated, “I am delighted to welcome the Government’s decision to approve the drafting of the Children’s Health Bill 2017. I intend to publish the main provisions of the scheme shortly. This legislation, which is to create a new legal entity into which the services of the three children’s hospitals will transition, will be another step on the way to providing Ireland with a world class children’s hospital.”

The Boards and Executives of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Tallaght Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Group today welcomed the Government’s approval for the drafting of the Children’s Health Bill 2017 to provide for the establishment of a new body into which the existing hospitals will transition.

The Chairs/Vice Chairs of the Children’s Hospital Group Board, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and Tallaght Hospital; Dr Jim Browne, Mr Turlough O’Sullivan, Mr Sean Sheehan and Mr Liam Dowdall jointly stated:

“We are delighted that the legislation to create this new body is being progressed. While bringing three hospitals together is a complex challenge it is an extraordinary opportunity to enhance local paediatric services in Dublin as well as enhancing highly specialist paediatric services nationally. The voluntary merger of the three hospitals is primarily driven by our common objective to deliver a single service with all specialties under one roof in the new children’s hospital as this will deliver better clinical outcomes for the sickest children and young people. In advance of the move to the new facilities we also acknowledge the effort needed to guide and support our staff in the clinical, operational and cultural integration of the three hospitals.”

The Minister concluded, “I very much welcome the support of the three children’s hospital Boards in the decision to establish a legal entity for the new hospital. The preparation of draft legislation has benefitted from the significant input over a long period of time from Seán Sheehan, Turlough O’Sullivan Liam Dowdall, Frank Magee and Michael Scanlan – the current and former Chairs/Vice Chair of the three children’s hospitals; Dr Jim Browne – Children’s Hospital Group Board Chair; Eilísh Hardiman – Children’s Hospital Group CEO; and Catherine Guy – member of the Children’s Hospital Group Board, through the Children’s Hospital Group Board’s Legal Entity Committee.”