Honestly, he knows nothing about running a hospital, hospital access or hospital planning.
He has some experience having been a patient and working in the hospital but that in no way makes him qualified enough to give weight to the judgement he’s making.
This actually worries me, because co-locating with an adult hospital very clearly saves lives. You get better sub-specialities and an increased ability to ask for expert advice from other doctors. In his own case, as a cancer patient of 14, he probably would have benefited from co-location simply because as a teenager he was closer in size to an adult patient, and there could well have been more suitable equipment available in a co-located hospital. A doctor should know that, and those planning the hospital aren’t in the least bit vague about it.
On the access issue:
One one level he talks about 10,000 journeys a day to the hospital, bemoans traffic delays and then he ridicules those of us talking about public transport.
What exactly does he think will happen to traffic delays at the area around a site with no public transport when X thousand extra journeys a day are suddenly added?
Yes, a sick kid needs to get there in a car and there needs to be parking for that.
If everyone is driving and looking for parking, the situation will not be any better then the restricted parking they’re proposing at James’s.
The difference between Connolly and James’s does not amount to an extra hour each way, especially travelling from Galway.
The journey time between the two hospitals at the worst time for traffic is 40mins. That’s the maximum possible difference.
From Liffey Valley (a convenient point to illustrate the journey from Galway) James’s takes about 10 minutes longer then to Connolly at peak hour.
His comments on the size of the site are equally ill informed given he’s not an architect, an engineer or any type of construction/hospital planning professional.