A gun is being put to the head, and why is this happening? It’s happening because in 2013 it was decided that there would be a National Maternity Hospital co-located and there has been procrastination. Minister Harris told us that he would get this sorted within a month in 2017. pic.twitter.com/9PKrkH2Kep
— Catherine Murphy (@CathMurphyTD) June 23, 2021
The Dáil at the Convention Centre.
From top: Statement from St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVHG)Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly; the Dermatology Department of St. Vincent’s University Hospital – this building currently occupies the site of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH). St Vincent’s Hospital Group has rejected calls for the government to purchase the site in order to ensure the NMH is fully publicly owned.
Via Irish Examiner:
The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. that despite a statement last night in which the St Vincent’s Hospital Group (SVHG) said it would not sell the land to the state, a meeting between the state and the religious order has been agreed.
“The people of Ireland fund St Vincent’s. I think the given that the people of Ireland are owed more respect than to be told by press release by St Vincent’s what is and is not going to happen,”
“The government’s position is the people of Ireland, or the women of Ireland, wants to own the land that their own maternity hospital is built on.
I would very much like to see that facilitated and I think it would be in everyone’s interest if that was.
“I think they should be cognisant and have a bit more respect for the people of Ireland who fund their hospital, I don’t think that’s the way to do business. These conversations need to be held and they need to be held respectfully,”