Friday 15 December 2017

In future, Catholic hospitals may be only ones obeying the precept 'do not kill'

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

There is a dispute of some kind going on between the managements of the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) on the one hand, and the St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG) on the other. I can't pretend to fully understand it, but somehow or another, the nuns of the Religious Sisters of Charity have been shoved to the front of it.

The mention of the nuns has had the effect on some people of waving a red flag in front of a bull.

The NMH is due to move from Holles Street to the Elm Park campus on Dublin's southside, where St Vincent's private and public hospitals are located. These come under the SVHG, and in turn this comes under the Religious Sisters of Charity. Two of the sisters sit on the SVHG's 14-person board.

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