Thursday 23 November 2017

Senior doctor quits project board in support of Peter Boylan

Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has resigned from the board of the National Maternity Hospital
Dr Chris Fitzpatrick has resigned from the board of the National Maternity Hospital

Kathy Armstrong

The former Master of the Coombe Hospital has resigned from the project board of the new National Maternity Hospital in solidarity with Dr Peter Boylan.

Dr Boylan resigned from the board yesterday after criticising ownership of the new €300m taxpayer-funded facility being given to the Religious Sisters of Charity, saying they were "blind" to their actions.

RTE reports that in his resignation note Professor Chris Fitzpatrick echoed these sentiments.

Earlier this week Prof Fitzpatrick appeared on Today With Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One and called the proposed board a "forced marriage."

Dr Peter Boylan Photo: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie
Dr Peter Boylan Photo: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

He stressed that the hospital should go on the St Vincent's hospital site soon but said there are questions that need to be answered first.

He spoke about the generosity of St Vincent's Healthcare Group and the Order but called on them to hand over control of the land to the State.

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