ASSISTING OUR CLIENT TO SECURE THE DEVELOPMENT OF IRELAND’S NATIONAL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ON THEIR CAMPUS
In 2011 John Cooper led a review panel, appointed by the European Health Property Network, to provide Irish Minister for Health, James Reilly, with an independent financial assessment of the case for continuing the development of the new NPH on the ‘Mater’ site in central Dublin.
Our report concluded that the benefits to the new children’s hospital of co-location with an adult and a women’s tertiary hospital significantly outweighed any real or perceived disadvantages. Unfortunately, in February 2012 planning consent was refused and the Minister decided to re-open the process of site appraisal.
In March 2012 JCA was approached by the St James’s Hospital board to assist them in putting forward the case for locating the National Paediatric Hospital on their campus. Since this hospital was the only other in Dublin which could provide the benefits of co- and tri-location and had sufficient land to develop a hospital of this size without unacceptable planning risk, we were keen to help.
A draft set of development proposals was designed at short notice and formed an important part of the St James’s submission and presentation to the advisory committee. In November 2012 the Minister concluded that the St James’s site was the most appropriate location and the decision was formally ratified by cabinet.