Press Release

Statement by James Reilly TD, Minister for Health and Children on the resignation of the Chairman of the National Paediatric Development Board

Since taking office just a few weeks ago, I have been briefing myself in some detail on all aspects of the National Children’s Hospital project. I want to satisfy myself that we will get the best possible clinical outcome for children within the resources available to us. I also want to make sure we can afford what is proposed.

I regret that John Gallagher has decided to resign as Chair of the NPH Development Board. I respect his decision and his motives, which are entirely honourable. I thank him for his considerable contribution to the project.

I fully understand that Mr. Gallagher wants to press ahead with this important project, but I know he acknowledges that, having just become Minister for Health, I need to take sufficient time to consider all aspects of the matter.

As I have promised from the beginning, I am examining this project very carefully to make sure that we get the best possible quality of services for children, having regard to the money available.

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to building the National Children’s Hospital, and I want to make sure that this happens in the most cost effective way that is to the maximum benefit of patients.

I intend to continue my consideration of all the facts before I decide what steps to take next. I am determined to have all the facts before I decide on the best approach. I will announce these next steps shortly.