100 YEARS OF CAPACITYThere is also the issue of over speccing. This hospital will have more beds in it than the 3 children’s hospitals currently have, put together.
It might seem sensible to have more beds than we currently do now but all the movement in paediatric care, with advances in diagnostic technology etc means that in an up do date hospital the number of beds required should be significantly reduced. But Dept of Health seemingly wont entertain anything other than having more beds.
It is also widely rumoured that the board have caved in completely to the consultants in provision of facilities etc
And yet to come, but the picture has yet to fully emerge, in terms of staffing it appears they are gearing up to have more people working in the new hospital than currently work in the existing 3. Whatever about bringing all the existing nursing staff into the new site, it beggars belief that, with modern IT, they need anything remotely approaching the same number of admin staff.
But the long standing practice in the hse - establish, and maintain, feather bedding looks set to continue.
The manager of a few big Dublin private hospital projects completed on time was interviewed by Newstalk last year. He estimated the new childrens hospital would be at full capacity in only ten years, whereas it should have enough capacity for 100 years. No doubt the physical constraints of the present site are to blame.
The solution to the constraints is the CPO of about eight acres of houses adjacent to the hospital. At a house price of say 300,000 euros, the cost might be 20 million,a modest sum compared to existing hospital costs.The residential area hasn't historical legacy or architectural appeal, so the owners would be glad to sell for a generous price.
Parking spaces for hospital staff, patients and associates could be solved by creating a car park or parks, possibly 21 stories high rise, within five to ten minutes drive, with a 24/7 service of shuttle buses.