Press Release

Minister announces allocation of £600,000 for services for children with Hepatitis C at Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin

The Minister for Health and Children Mr. Micheál Martin T.D. today (10 November, 2000) announced that an allocation of £600,000 will be made over the next two years to the Eastern Regional Health Authority for the provision of new facilities for children with Hepatitis C at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.

The Minister said “I am fully committed to the provision of high quality services to both children and adults with Hepatitis C. These new facilities will greatly improve the resources available to the hospital for the care and treatment of these children”.

The investment, announced by the Minister is part of an ongoing programme to improve capital facilities for this group of patients.

The allocation to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children is intended to address specific problems which exist at the hospital in relation to services for children with Hepatitis C.

The Minister’s announcement was welcomed by Ms Maura Long, Chairperson of Transfusion Positive, which represents adults and children infected with Hepatitis C through the administration of infected blood or blood products. “We are delighted with this investment by the Minister in the development of services at the hospital which should accelerate the provision of better facilities for these children” said Ms Long. “The investment should ensure that these facilities will now be provided as quickly as possible”.