Construction of National Maternity Hospital to begin at end of the year - Dr Rhona Mahony
Construction on the first phase of the new National Maternity Hospital will begin at the end of this year, outgoing master Dr Rhona Mahony has revealed.
The new hospital, which was at the centre of controversy over ownership last year, will be built on the campus of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.
Dr Mahony made the announcement at the 61st Charter Day Reception and prize giving ceremony in the Holles St hospital this evening.
It is her last time to address the gathering as she steps down this year after her seven-year term as master comes to an end.
She said: "I am pleased to report further progress on our move to St Vincent’s.
“Approval has been given to issue the letter of Award to the successful Contractor for the Aspergillus Protection works, which will be the first step in the construction of the new National Maternity Hospital on the campus.
“Approval has also been given to issue the tender documents for the pharmacy/car park works associated with the new hospital.
“Construction is expected to start later this year on these works and so after all, the building begins,” she added.
Referring to the manner in which compensation claims are handled, Dr Mahony said the State Claims Agency reported that the liability for clinical claims was €1.6 billion by the end of 2016 representing a 23pc rise in the previous year with 65pc accounted for by maternity care despite improving outcomes.
“This current medico-legal system is tardy, expensive and deeply adversarial which does not serve society well. Adversarial relationships are by their nature limited.