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Minister Harris needs to act urgently to sort out National Maternity Hospital mess

22 April, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Fein Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has called on Minister Simon Harris to act with the utmost urgency to ensure the new National Maternity Hospital progresses as quickly as possible.

Teachta O’Reilly was speaking as the controversy surrounding the granting of ownership of the hospital to the Sisters of Charity continued with St Vincent’s Hospital Board announcing that it is to review the status of the project.

Speaking today Teachta O’Reilly said;

“The idea that the Sisters of Charity must be given ownership of this hospital simply because they own the land it is to be built on is absolute nonsense.  There are many other options available to government.

“The sisters of charity should not own or have any hand act or part in the running of the National Maternity Hospital. That would be obscene. It cannot be allowed to go ahead.

“The priority has to be to get this hospital built as soon as possible.  Our maternity services are crumbling, overcrowded and understaffed.  Women deserve and require so much more.

“News today that the Board of St Vincent’s Hospital are to review the status of the project is very worrying.  Minister Harris needs to act with the utmost urgency to sort this mess out and to ensure that the National Maternity Hospital is built as soon as possible.

“And he should not be making out that the choice is between a hospital owned by the sisters of charity or no hospital at all.  That is nonsense.”


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