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Government must show a bit of backbone on Maternity Hospital fiasco – Mitchell

3 May, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has called on the Government to “show a bit of back bone” and ensure that the new National Maternity Hospital remain entirely within public ownership.

Speaking on the Sinn Féin Private Members’ Motion, Deputy Mitchell said there is deep anger amongst the public over the fiasco surrounding the new site:

“Let’s be very clear, it is the job of this state to provide healthcare to all citizens based on need. There should be no non-medical interference in that process.

“She criticised the Government's decision to hand over a facility funded by €300million of taxpayers’ money to a religious organisation:

“The claim by the Government that the Sisters of Charity must own the hospital because it is built on their land is pure and utter rubbish.

“There are many options open to the Government if they show a bit of backbone. And that includes a compulsory purchase order.

“The view of Sinn Féin is that this hospital is desperately needed. Our maternity services are overcrowded and understaffed while our facilities are crumbling.

“The new National Maternity Hospital should be built as soon as possible. Having said that, the Government must ensure that the new National Maternity Hospital remains entirely within public ownership. The Sisters of Charity should have no part in the running of this facility.

“The concerns of citizens around the governance of the hospital must be addressed fully by the Minister for Health. There should be no non-medical influence or interference in the clinical care the Hospital provides.

“The women of Ireland will accept nothing less.” 

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