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Reflections on the science and art of using a GIS to locate a new national children's hospital in Ireland

Frank Houghton


Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T. S. Eliot

Where is the information we have lost in data? CDC2 Editors

The paper by Murphy and Killen (2007) represents the latest in a growing body of Irish work exploring the use of GIS as spatial decision support systems to investigate future developments in hospital provision in Ireland (see also Teljeur et al. 2004, Kalogirou and Foley 2006). The uneven and relatively delayed development of Health GIS in Ireland to date has previously been noted (Houghton 2001a, 2001b, 2004a). Similar to the work of Teljeur and Kelly (2006), this latest piece by Murphy and Killen explores options for the location of the proposed new national paediatric hospital using a GIS. A focus on the issue of access to healthcare is crucial, because as Wennberg (1998, p. 2) notes ‘in health care, geography is destiny’.

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