The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Brian Cowen TD, today (9th December, 1998) met the Chairman and representatives of the Board of Management of the Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Dublin incorporating the National Children’s Hospital and gave them copies of the Deloitte & Touche Report on the hospital.
He informed the Board that he has accepted the Report and is very concerned with its content.
The Deloitte & Touche Report indicates serious governance and general management problems at the hospital. The Minister told the Board he wants the Deloitte & Touche Report implemented. The Minister has also made additional proposals which, along with the recommendations in the Report, are aimed at resolving the problems and putting the hospital on a firm footing.
Minister Cowen will not be making any further public comment until he receives the hospital’s response to the Report and his outline proposals. He has asked that the Board of Management provide him with its response within the next few days.