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Varadkar stance on St. Vincent’s welcomed by Ó Caoláin

6 May, 2016 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has today expressed support for the stance taken by Heath Minister Leo Varadkar TD on the retention of the National Maternity Hospital (Holles Street) Board and management model when relocated to the St. Vincent’s Hospital campus.

The Sinn Féin Deputy has called on the management and Board of St. Vincent’s to revisit their position, allowing the planning application to proceed and the development to get underway as soon as possible.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Negotiations for the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from Holles Street to the St Vincent's Hospital campus have been ongoing for a number of years.

“The relocation is required due to the inadequate infrastructure at Holles Street and to help ensure the best outcomes for mothers and babies.

“However, the recent reiteration by the Board of St Vincent's of its demand to totally subsume the Board of the National Maternity Hospital was totally unacceptable.

“I welcome the stance taken by outgoing Health Minister Leo Varadkar supporting the retention of the NMH Board and its management model in the context of the move to St Vincent’s.

“St Vincent's should now urgently revisit its position, thus allowing the planning application to be submitted and the development to proceed, subject to planning requirements.” 

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