Sunday 24 September 2017

Board of St Vincent's 'totally supportive' of plans to build new National Maternity Hospital its Dublin 4 campus

St Vincent’s Hospital on Merrion Road, Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
St Vincent’s Hospital on Merrion Road, Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The Board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group said it is totally supportive of the controversial plan to move the national maternity hospital to its campus.

In a statement after a lengthy board meeting today the board said it reviewed the proposed relocation.

It followed heated public debate over the decision to give ownership of the hospital to the Sisters of Charity who control the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

In a statement the board said it remains totally supportive of the proposed relocation hospital to its campus under the terms of the agreement mediated by Kieran Mulvey.

“A new maternity hospital is urgently needed.  Locating it alongside St Vincent’s acute hospital will provide synergies for both hospitals that will lead to the delivery of modern, world class medical, maternity and neonatal services.

“Every year St Vincent’s provides acute care to over 80,000 women and it is strongly positioned to provide women and infant centred care in support of the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park, DAC.

“There is a long and historical supportive clinical relationship between both hospitals."

The board welcomed the support of the Board of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street to the project at its meeting last night when it overwhelmingly re-endorsed its commitment to the agreement mediated by Kieran Mulvey in November last. 

It also welcomed the  clarity provided by Minister Harris yesterday when he was unequivocal in his statements that the maternity hospital would relocate to St Vincent’s under the terms of the agreement reached between both voluntary hospitals.

The Board of the two hospitals will now start the next phase of the project, working with the Minister and his officials in effecting the legal agreements to underpin and secure the clinical and corporate governance structures of The National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park, DAC. 

These legal agreements will be effected in accordance with all of the provisions contained in the agreement mediated by Kieran Mulvey and endorsed by both hospitals.

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