Opinion Comment

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Planning permission not sought after three years

The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street
The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

It's almost three years since former Health Minister James Reilly announced that after a campaign lasting two decades, the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St would move to a new purpose-built building on the campus of St Vincent's Hospital a few miles away.

But not a sod has been turned - in fact, the public would be surprised to hear that planning permission has not even been lodged.

In the meantime, the hospital, which caters for the sickest babies and pregnant women with some of the most complex conditions, is housed in a cramped and antiquated building which is an infection risk.

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