Spiralling Children’s Hospital Costs Could Hit Plans For New UHL Beds

Unisveristy Hospital Limerick
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It’s been suggested that the over-run in costs for the new National Children’s Hospital could delay the opening of much-needed new beds at University Hospital Limerick.
The Irish Times reports that cabinet has been given a memo, drawn up by Minister Simon Harris, showing that the spiralling costs of the National Children’s Hospital is now expected to top €1.7 billion, even higher than estimated by the Taoiseach this week.
As a result, the memo states that a series of healthcare projects “would have to be halted or significantly curtailed for up to five years.”
Today’s report states includes a €10 million development of new beds in Limerick, where there are currently two developments being planned –  a 60-bed modular unit, which is due next year, and the longer-term project of a new 96 bed block there.