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According to minutes of the meeting seen by the Medical Independent (MI) following a Freedom of Information request, the issue was raised in the context of discussions around the CHG.
“With the introduction of the legal entity and the formation of a joint medical board for the three paediatric hospitals, it was suggested that our medical board remain in place,” stated minutes of the February meeting.
“There was a discussion regarding reporting relationships, should there be a change in the future governance structure of the hospital.”
MI asked a hospital spokesperson whether any decision had been taken on the future of the hospital’s medical board.
“For as long as Temple Street remains at its current site, it will require its own medical board,” said the spokesperson.
“If and when the CHG becomes a legal entity, it is expected that it too will have a medical board, with representation from the three existing national children’s hospitals, including Temple Street.”
According to the Department of Health, integration of the three paediatric hospitals, the opening of the outpatient and urgent care centres and the transfer of services to the new hospital facilities “represent a highly complex project in its own right”. A major programme of work of clinical integration, people and change management and commissioning required to achieve a successful transition to the new facilities is already underway, it said. Minister for Health Simon Harris will bring the Heads of a Bill to Government this month to establish “a single entity to integrate the services currently provided by the three hospitals, prepare for the transition to the new facilities and ultimately to run the children’s hospital and OPD and urgent care centres when they open”.