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Anger over nuns' role in National Maternity Hospital

Thousands oppose nuns owning new hospital Outrage at decision to gift ownership of National Maternity hospital to Sisters of Charity
Cris De Lacerda | 20 Abril, 2017, 11:43

Confirming the news this afternoon, a spokesperson for the Health Department said today that the despite the land being owned by the religious group, a new company would be established to run the new hospital that would have "clinical and operational independence".

Opposition parties have claimed there could be a conflict between medical decisions, the possibility of new abortion legislation, and the new owners' Catholic values.

A PETITION launched to block the Sisters of Charity's sole ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital has soared to over 35,000 signatures.

The company will be called the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC.

The Sisters of Charity own the area at St Vincent's Hospital, where the new maternity hospital is set to be built.

It was decided the nuns should own the new facility on the St Vincent's campus, but doctors working there should be independent.

"The co-location of this hospital with an adult tertiary hospital will revolutionise healthcare in Ireland for women and infants and we continue to work with SVHG to make a dedicated state of the art maternity hospital a reality as urgently as possible".

"It has baffled Irish citizens how the Sisters of Charity have not been forced to pay the outstanding redress fee yet are been given sole ownership of the new maternal hospital'".

"But of course the decision now has been made not to have a board of Holles Street and to merge the two boards".

"I'm not sure exactly what the decision is there or what the plan is but I think it's important that it is clarified but I'm sure Simon Harris will do that", he said.

He said the order will have no real active role in hospital governance.

Millions of euro are still owed by the church in compensation to victims of institutional abuse. "What good is it to agree, finally, to remove archaic, church-written clauses from our constitution, if we hand over women's healthcare to that same church?"