Land without good reason for new LMWH cannot be transferred to state by St. Vincent – ​​Sinn Féin health spokesman


Not a single good reason has been put forward as to why St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group cannot transfer the land on which the new National Maternity Home (NMH) is to be built to the state, said David Cullinane, spokesman for Sinn Féin Health.

eputy Cullinane reiterated that since the public is spending such a “huge” amount of money on the project, Sinn Féin believes the best way forward is to build the new NMH on public land.

The construction of the project is expected to cost the state around one billion euros.

Sinn Féin is due to submit a motion this week demanding the new NMH be built on public land, and Mr Cullinane said the currently proposed deal between the state and the hospital group was “complicated and convoluted”.

“No good reason has been given to me, many of the opposition or healthcare activists why we cannot see the transfer of land from St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to the state, which would clear up any ambiguity that currently exists,” Mr Cullinane told the programme This Week by RTÉ.

Mr Cullinane said that due to “legal ambiguities” regarding the lease the State would have over the land on which the NMH would be built, “we need to get that 100 per cent right”.

While acknowledging that Holles St is not fit for purpose and healthcare professionals want a new LMWH, the Sinn Féin health spokesperson said: “We have a broader responsibility equally, yes we have the best outcome for clinicians and women, but it also has to.” be the best outcome for taxpayers.

“We were told that the Sisters of Charity had not set any pre-conditions when they moved the country to St Vincent and if you take that at face value it is entirely in the gift of the health group to do with the country what they please do.

“I don’t think it goes beyond us [The Dáil] and you [St Vincent’s] to get to a point where we have full public ownership, to clear up any ambiguity,” Mr Cullinane told RTÉ’s This Week.

“We’re locking ourselves into a legal framework for decades and hundreds of years to come, so it’s really, really important that … we get this absolutely right.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Thomas Byrne said he could say with “absolute certainty” that there was no problem with the term “clinically appropriate” in the constitution of the new LMWH and hoped the Government would proceed with current intentions for the LMWH will be planned.

dr Former NMH Holles Street champion Rhona Mahony told RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor show she was in favor of the NMH moving to the Vincent campus and said “all procedures” will be carried out at the new NMH , and not urgent Going ahead with current plans would set women’s health care in Ireland back by two decades. Land without good reason for new LMWH cannot be transferred to state by St. Vincent – ​​Sinn Féin health spokesman

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