Friday 18 August 2017

St Vincent's board says all lawful procedures will be carried out in new National Maternity Hospital

The position of the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent's campus
The position of the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent's campus
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The board of St Vincent’s hospital, which is to be the site of the new national maternity hospital, has today again hit out at what it calls “misinformation and untruthful allegations.”

It said "any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland will be carried out at the new hospital”.

The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group said it was responding to comments made by Dr Peter Boylan, the retired master of the national maternity hospital in Holles St, about his concerns that certain services will not be available at the new facility due to Catholic ethos.

The Sisters of Charity who control the St Vincent’s board will own the new maternity hospital.

James Menton, chairman of St Vincents , said it feels compelled to “respond to the continued misinformation and untruthful allegations being made by him (Dr Boylan) concerning the medical care which will be available to women attending the new maternity hospital at Elm Park."

He said the primary concern of the Board of Directors of SVHG and of the Chartered Trust of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) is the delivery of a modern maternity and neonatal service that is women and infant centred and which is safe and world class.

The current National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street. Photo Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
The current National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street. Photo Damien Eagers / Irish Independent

“The National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park, DAC, will deliver such a facility for the women of Ireland.

“The clinical independence of the hospital will be enshrined in the Memorandum and Articles of the new hospital, as agreed by both SVHG and NMH in the agreement mediated by Kieran Mulvey.”

He added that the “the autonomy of the Board of the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC in specific clinical and operational matters will be further enhanced through reserved powers.

He referred to provisions in the Memorandum and Articles of Association for agreed exclusive “Reserve Powers” to be provided to the Board.

These powers will ensure there will be clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology, obstetrics and neonatal services (without religious, ethnic or other distinction) in the hospital at Elm Park, Dublin and the provision of medical, surgical, nursing, midwifery and other health services at Elm Park, Dublin, including strategic planning in relation to the development of such services in the future in accordance with best practice.

“Continuing to suggest that procedures currently undertaken at NMH will not be available in the new maternity hospital is entirely false and without foundation.

“In line with current policy and procedures any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Ireland will be carried out at the new hospital.”

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, welcomed the confirmation by the Board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group that any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of this State will be carried out at the new hospital.

He said that he and his officials will arrange meetings with the two hospitals shortly.

In a statement, Mr Harris also repeated his request that some time be allowed for the detailed work that is necessary.

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