Friday 18 August 2017

Maternity hospital must move with the times - so please stop misstating facts

Claims about the switch to St Vincent's could undermine patient confidence, warns clinical director Declan Keane

An artist's impression of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital
An artist's impression of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital

Declan Keane

The co-location of the National Maternity Hospital with St Vincent's is an urgent priority not just for NMH but for Irish maternity and neonatal services. NMH is the largest maternity hospital in Ireland and one of the largest in Europe. It is a major tertiary referral centre, comprising a range of national specialties which provide the highest level of expertise for Ireland East and for all of the country.

The Kieran Mulvey Agreement which allows the National Maternity Hospital to move to St Vincent's provides for complete operational and clinical independence of the new hospital.

Recent misstatements of the facts, such as claims that the new NMH board will have no role in the clinical governance structure of the new maternity hospital, directly contradict the Kieran Mulvey Agreement and are examples of statements that are incorrect but could have serious consequences by undermining patient confidence. In fact, the new NMH board will have sole responsibility for the clinical governance of the hospital.

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