Representatives of paediatric consultants and management of the new National Children's Hospital have met this evening over staffing levels at the satellite centre in Blanchardstown.

Representatives of the Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Hospital Consultants Association met hospital management this afternoon after clinicians called for the opening of the Blanchardstown facility to be postponed amid concerns over staffing levels.

A statement from Children’s Health Ireland - the body which is overseeing the establishment of the new hospital - described the meeting as "constructive and collaborative".

"An updated risk assessment and mitigation plan that supports services opening safely was shared and discussed at the meeting. A number of issues were identified and agreed for further consideration to resolve," the statement read.

A spokesperson for the IMO also described the meeting as "constructive". "A number of issues remain to be considered and a further meting has been scheduled for Monday," the spokesperson said.

The new National Children's Hospital will have two satellite centres at Tallaght and Blanchardstown. 

The facility at Blanchardstown is due to open on 31 July from 8am to 6pm, providing outpatient and urgent care to thousands of children.

Today's Irish Times reported that 30 paediatric consultants wrote to CHI seeking the postponement of the facility at Blanchardstown due to the shortage of medical consultants.


Fianna Fáil's health spokesperson has said that issues are "hugely disappointing", but Stephen Donnelly said they should come as no surprise to the HSE and the Department of Health.

He said it is essential that all risks identified by consultants are dealt with before the centre opens.