Bookies tip St James's for kids' hospital

St James's Hospital in Dublin is the bookies' odds-on favourite to get the nod as the site for the new children's hospital .

The cabinet is expected to decide tomorrow on where to locate the national children's hospital.

Paddy Power bookmakers told that currently, St James's is 4/7 on to be chosen as the children's hospital site.

Second favourite is Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown at 3/2 against, followed by the Coombe at 7/1, with the Belcamp, North Dublin site in Health Minister James Reilly's constituency at 14/1.

The previously designated site, the Mater, has drifted out to 16/1 against to get the nod from the Government.

The Mater submitted a scaled down site plan in its bid for the hospital after an Bord Pleanala rejected its previous plan in February.

Following the Bord Pleanala decision, Dr Reilly commissioned an independent review of site options, headed by former HSE Chairman Frank Dolphin.

This report has still not been published, although it was presented to the Minister in early June.

While it does not come down definitively in favour of any one site, it is reported to have assessed St James's as being the most advantageous of the 41 sites proposed.

In recent weeks, St James's has been regularly touted in the media as the favourite to win the children's hospital race.

It has been speculated that some form of joint site project between the Coombe and St James's, which are in close proximity to each other, may end up being the preferred option.

Meanwhile, Minister Reilly admitted today that the previously set deadline of 2016 for the completion of the children's hospital will not be met, whichever location is chosen.

The Mater has claimed that there will be a delay of two-and-a-half years in building the hospital to the previously agrteed timeline if it is not chosen as the location. Around €70 million has already been spent on planning the development at the Mater.

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[Posted: Mon 05/11/2012]


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