Sunday 20 August 2017

Pro-life or pro-choice? St Vincent's board has huge moral decision to make

Jimmy Menton Chairman of St Vincents Health Care group,pictured outside St Vincents Hospital.
Jimmy Menton Chairman of St Vincents Health Care group,pictured outside St Vincents Hospital.
David Quinn

David Quinn

The big winners in the battle over the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) are the doctors and accountants on the board of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG). Not only will they own the new maternity hospital, they now effectively own and run the three hospitals the Order of the Sisters of Charity founded but is now quitting.

We can be certain that the Sisters never wanted hand, act or part in the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH). Without doubt, it was landed on them by the deal negotiated between the boards of the SVHG and the current NMH on Holles Street.

To this extent, the order was in agreement with its critics about the ownership of the hospital and therefore it did not deserve the utter vilification that came its way.

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