Jul 292010
 

Eminent heart surgeon, Maurice Neligan is now saying that the plan for the National Children’s Hospital is misconceived and mistaken.  Once a supporter of the project, Neligan has candidly admitted he was wrong.  Writing in the Irish Times, he has this to say:

Crucial decisions were made on limited and selective criteria and without honest debate among those most qualified at home to give advice, and driven by concerns far beyond the welfare of the children.

Exactly.

The National Children’s Hospital was never about the welfare of children or that hoary old shibboleth beloved of bullshitters in Ireland: “best practice”.

It was always about Bertie Ahern bestowing political patronage on selected members of the medical profession, and on his old employers, the Sisters of Mercy, who will be given ownership of this publicly-funded hospital. (Bertie used to be their book-keeper, whence he evolved the inflated claim to be a qualified accountant. Their book-keeper).

The location of the new hospital is entirely unsuitable for transporting sick children.  It’s hard to get there by car and you can’t bring a sick child on a tram or bus with all their blankets, teddies and paraphernalia.   There’s nowhere on site for the parents to stay.  There’s a lot of petty crime in the area. The air quality is bad.  It’s noisy.  There’s nowhere for the children to walk around and recuperate after their operations.

The government were offered a green-field site at Newlands Cross, on the intersection of two major motorways, and adjacent to Tallaght Hospital. The consortium making the offer would build the new hospital and present it to them at cost.

They refused the offer, and instead set up a task force with instructions to make a cursory examination of the other options, but to recommend the nuns’ site as the best choice.  The task force was nothing but a fig-leaf to disguise the nakedly political nature of the decision.   As Neligan explains , one of the experts consulted by the Task Force told us that he was not consulted on location and added that Dublin’s three children’s hospitals together are large enough to stand alone. Prof Alan Craft, past president of the Royal College of Paediatrics, said his “extensive consultation” had been a telephone conversation with a member of the Task Force. He had not seen its report nor was he involved in making the decision about the site.

That was the level of research done by Ahern’s task force.

Bertie always looks after his old pals, or maybe the good sisters have something on him.  Who knows?

One way or another, the children are the ones who will suffer.

Nice one Bert.

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All posts on the National Children’s Hospital

Previously on Bock

The deal with the Sisters of Mercy
What Dirt Have the Nuns Got on Bertie Ahern?
The Sisters of Mercy and the Children’s Hospital

  6 Responses to “Scandal of National Children’s Hospital”

Comments (6)
  1.  

    Don`t want to seem bitter here Bock , but there is a serious point to be made.
    As we all knew Bertie is a sleveen / chancer / crook and as a consequence I have never voted for him or his lackies.
    At the time of the last election he was under investigation by the Mahon tribunal, I asked the FF candidate to give me a written undertaking that if Bertie was found guilty of any wrongdoing by Mahon, that this TD would resign his seat. He went off to get me such a letter, needless to say he never returned.
    My point is that we all knew about Bertie. The location of the new NCH was just another example of Berties dodginess. Yet we reelected him time and time again.
    Now we have the same fuckwit FF voters that elected him wringing their hands and crying about how bad things are.
    Things are only bad because these stupid moronic fuckers voted for Bertie.
    I have yet to receive an apology from anybody who voted for Bertie, but being the eternal optimist I live in hope.

  2.  

    I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that apology Mel.

  3.  

    Well done for your ongoing work on this story Bock, it epitomises why so much of this country is fucked up.

  4.  

    This was a disgraceful decision, Bert should get a kicking for it, and the decision should be reversed – they reversed other decisions, why not this one?!! No hole has been dug yet. Reverse it.

  5.  

    i fully agree with Dr Maurice nelligan (R.I.P.) THE WHOLE SITE IS WRONG. “” PICTURE THIS SEPTEMBER
    2016 THE CELEBRATION OF 1916 ARE IN FULL SWING THE CITY IS BUSY THE STREETS ARE FULL OF PARKED CARS EVERY WHERE , IT STARTS TO RAIN MAJOR ACCIDENT ON M 50 5 CHILDREN UNDER 7 YEARS INJURED IN THE CAR CRASH PILE UP
    MUST BE TAKEN TO THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL , THE AMBULANCE UNABLE TO GET TO THE MATER HOSPITAL BECAUSE THE STREETS ARE FULL OF CARS THAT ARE UNABLE TO MOVE BECAUSE OF THE RAIN AND THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, SO WE NEED A AIR AMBULANCE , BUT WE HAVE NO PLACE TO
    LAND TO CLOSE TO MOUNTJOY PRISON (NO FLY ZONE) CANT LAND IN THE PHOENIX PARK BECAUSE
    THE AMERICAN ‘S NO FLY ZONE . ANYWAY THE CITY IS A MAJOR CAR PARK SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE INJURED CHILDREN NOW “” BUILD A NEW HOSPITAL ON A GREEN FIELD SITE ADJACENT TO THE M50 WHERE IT WILL BE EASY ACCESS FOR ALL AND CAN NOW BE BUILT FOR A LOT LESS AND QUICKLY

  6.  

    Sean — Do us a favour and switch off your caps lock.

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