Sat, 16 Feb 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland - The rising cost of building the National Childrens Hospital is going to impact the health system for years to come, says a specialist in emergency medicine.

According to Dr Fergal Hickey, an emergency medicine consultant at Sligo University, the over-expenditure will have an impact on other sectors of the health system.

Dr Fergal adds that the hospitals current spending is high while the capital spending is low.

The National Childrens Hospital which is currently under construction is set to replace three older hospitals. The initial projected cost of the hospital was 650 million euro, but by April 2017, the figure had increased to 1 billion euro.

Dr Fergal raised concerns that a huge amount of money allocated for the Irish health service is not spent on the right things. He also said that while Emergency Departments operate well, hospitals are not able to deal with the crisis of not having enough beds. He insisted on urgent capital funding for hospital beds saying that it makes economic sense to increase the bed capacity.

According to Fergal, this will cost less in the long run, and it will provide better conditions for patients. He however warns that overcrowding in Emergency Departments causes delays that cost more in the long run. Dr Fergal pointed out that 439 out of 606 people on trolleys were in the emergency department on Monday.

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