National Children’s Hospital: the neverending story

GPs have called for an investigation into the ‘national scandal’ of a project whose spiralling €1.7 billion budget looks set to suck the entire health service dry of capital funding. Will the government bite the bullet? Don’t hold your breath

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
20th January, 2019
The projected cost of the National Children’s Hospital has skyrocketed under health ministers James Reilly, Leo Varadkar and current incumbent Simon Harris

News that a top mandarin has refused to come before the Oireachtas health committee to explain how the civil service allowed the cost of the National Children’s Hospital project to spiral to €1.7 billion is likely to incense many members of the public.

Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, informed the committee that he would not attend the hearing into the massive cost overrun this week. Watt...

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