Children’s hospital cost overrun

Minutes from the Children’s Hospital Project and Programme Board – the highest level of the various structures put in place to oversee the hospital development – also show senior officials in the department and the HSE had lengthy discussions in June 2018 about potential overruns at the new national children’s hospital.

The Children’s Hospital Programme and Project Board,which was chaired by the secretary general ofthe Department of Health Jim Breslin and included top level officials in the department and HSE, met on a quarterly basis to oversee the development of the facility.

The minutes show growing concerns over the rising costs from early summer 2018.

At the meeting of the board in September, officials discussed how “construction costing is trending very significantly over budget – estimated to be €191 million over the construction value notified to Government in April 2017.”

It was noted separately that “the main contractor also submitted substantial additional cost claims to National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) in late August – €200 million over and above that as set out above.”

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