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Louise O’Reilly TD seeks meeting with Minister over failure to implement Dáil decision on National Maternity Hospital

22 November, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that she has written to the Minister for Health to request an urgent meeting on the failure of the government to implement the decision of the Dáil regarding the ownership and operation of the National Maternity Hospital.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Well over a year and a half ago the Dáil debated on and voted in support of a Sinn Féin motion regarding maternity services in this State.

"One of the central tenths of that Dáil motion was that the new National Maternity Hospital remain entirely within public ownership and that it have legally guaranteed independence from all non-medical influence in its clinical operations.

“To date the movement by the government on this issue has been ineffectual.

“It is the position of the Dáil that the National Maternity Hospital be owned and operated by the State and will be shaped only by modern medical standards and principles.

“We need this clarity as this issue is very significant for patients and particularly for women who will be cared for at the new maternity hospital.

“The recent announcements regarding this matter by the government have not been satisfactory and I have written to the Minister for Health seeking a meeting about the urgent implementation of the motion passed by the Dáil on the public ownership of the NMH."

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