‘’The status of Irelands children’s hospital as the most expensive in the world is an indictment of the generalized incompetence of the HSE and their political masters’’ RENUA Ireland has said.
The party said;
‘’Sick children are being gravely failed by the endemic incompetence of an HSE that is running loose beyond control and politicians that are incapable of or afraid to rein them in.
The development of a modern Children’s hospital is a critical step in building a modern health system which protects the most vulnerable at the earliest point in their lives.
Instead sick children must experience second class facilities whilst bureaucrat’s squabble and politicians dither.
We are in a bad space when Bertie Ahern can give us lessons in fiscal rectitude.
The former Taoiseach accurately noted this hospital could have been built for €250 million had his plan been followed. Now as we head towards a two billion Euro ultimate bill Simon Harris has serious questions to answer.
The minister’s eye has been off the off the ball during the most recent €400 million Euro increase.
The Minister appear to have been seduced by the applause he has received on social media over the social agenda he voluntarily took upon himself.
It is time he returns to the day job and does that which we pay him to do; to save and protect life.
Mr Harris must now, that his apprenticeship is over, get into the trenches and take on the vested interests and endemic ineptitude that are holding back the progress of the health system.
He certainly needs to evolve a more sophisticated response to the failures of the Irish Health services than permanent startled surprise.
Developments across the entire health service, including a new Maternity Hospital, have been postponed because of this fiscal disaster.
The Minister must take accountability for this and explain to the public how we have gone on a ‘journey’ from €250 million to €1.4 billion.
This entire issue raises serious questions about the future of infrastructural development in Ireland.
It is almost impossible now to develop infrastructure in Dublin at a reasonable price and over a reasonable time-line.
The HSE must consider the virtues of locating future developments across Ireland rather than taking the current Dublin-centric approach.
Plenty of towns and hospitals across the state would be more than willing to facilitate future developments for far less’’.