Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has welcomed remarks by Minister for Health Simon Harris about the naming of the new Children’s Hospital being developed at St James’ Hospital site.
Cllr O’Connor had previously raised the naming of the Hospital and the Satellite Units at Blanchardstown and Tallaght directly with the Minister and also through business at the Regional Health Forum.
He says he had pointed out that “Phoenix Children’s at Tallaght” was causing a lot of confusion and believed that a re-think was needed on the decision.
At the time HSE Management and National Children’s Hospital Group had stood by their view that Phoenix Children’s Hospital was appropriate particularly as it had emerged from a process which also included children nationwide.
The name “Phoenix” was to be used on the main Hospital and the two Satellite Units.
Cllr O’Connor also said the situation has now changed given that the Minister has received correspondence from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, threatening legal action over the naming, and he had already tabled further business in the matter for the December meeting of the Regional Health Forum.
O Connor noted that Minister Simon Harris TD has now gone on record saying the name was likely to be changed before he “brought forward legislation underpinning its legal status early next year”.
The local Councillor believes the Children’s Hospital Authorities must respond to the Minister by declaring “Phoenix” will be dropped from the naming of the Hospital and Satellite Units and he feels that this decision, which is editable, must be taken now.