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Decision to site new Maternity Hospital at the RVH was the right one

22 September, 2004

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has hit back at critics of the decision of the former Health Minster Bairbre de Brún to site the new maternity hospital at the RVH.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"British Direct rule Ministers had run away from this decision for seven years. No decision effectively meant no new hospital.

"Bairbre de Brún took the decision based on clinical evidence and the needs of mothers and babies.

"The decision to place the new maternity hospital on the Royal Victoria site was the right decision that was supported by the majority of health professionals and organisations. Bairbre also took the decision to site the new regional cancer centre on the City Hospital site - is anyone now saying that that this was the wrong decision?

"Bairbre de Brún took the advice based on sound medical advice. Others opposed that decision based on a clearly political and sectarian agenda, others for constituency concerns.

"The reality is that any introduction of a DUP veto into the workings of the Good Friday Agreement would mean that instead of sound decisions taken on the basis of sound evidence that we would get decisions taken on a political, or worse, a sectarian basis." ENDS

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