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Sisters of Charity maternity hospital move deeply hurtful - Louise O’Reilly TD

18 April, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said a decision to provide ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity is deeply insulting and hurtful to the survivors of institutional abuse.

Teachta O’Reilly also questioned whether or not it is appropriate to put any organisation with a strict religious ethos in charge of our National Maternity Hospital given the current political climate and the potential for changes to our laws.

Teachta O’Reilly said;

“Clearly the state has not learned the lessons of the past in outsourcing vital public services to religious orders.

“This move is an insult and deeply hurtful to survivors of institutional abuse and is yet another example of the government passing the buck in its responsibilities to healthcare. 

“The fact that the sisters of charity will be gifted our national maternity hospital after their steadfast refusal to honour obligations to survivors and victims beggars belief.

“Did anybody stop and think of the hurt this will cause, or the impact this decision will have on victims of abuse of this very religious order?

“I am also seriously concerned about the idea that any religious organisation with a strict religious ethos would be put in charge of our National Maternity Hospital given the current political climate and the potential for change in our laws.

“The minister for health must step in here and use common sense. This move is insensitive and outrageous and must be stopped before work begins. 

“It is the responsibility of the government to provide a functioning health service that does not discriminate on the basis of who you are, how much money you have or indeed what religion you are.”

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