The charity, which is embroiled in the ongoing controversy over the move of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH), will warn that with two separate landowners at the hospital’s site on the St Vincent campus, there would be “significant risks” to the care of patients.
t Vincent’s Hospital Group (SVHG) will lease the site of the new National Maternity Hospital to the State for 299 years rather than sell or give it away.
Representatives from St. Vincent’s Holdings are scheduled to appear before TDs and senators of the Oireachtas Board of Health to address questions about its role in moving the hospital from Holles Street to the St. Vincent’s campus.
It comes ahead of a government decision expected on Tuesday to give the green light to plans to build the new maternity home on the St Vincent campus, despite ongoing concerns about its independence to offer all legally permitted procedures, including abortion and sterilisation.
Critics have slammed the state’s decision to build the new €800 million hospital on St Vincent’s campus in Elm Park, Dublin 4, on land that will not be state-owned and raised concerns about the phrase ‘clinical appropriate” voiced in legal documents accompanying the deal.
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St. Vincent’s Holdings will argue that it is “essential” that it owns the land so that it can provide “the best possible care” for women.
“Ownership of the Elm Park campus properties is essential to ensure the continued delivery of the best possible care to all patients visiting the Elm Park campus in SVUH [St Vincent’s University Hospital]SVPH [St Vincent’s Private Hospital]or in the new NMH in Elm Park,” St Vincent’s Healthcare Group chairman James Menton will tell politicians this afternoon.
Mr Menton will say that it would be “very difficult, if not impossible, to manage the Elm Park campus” if there were two different landowners and “two separate independent hospitals”.
This was an important principle in the mediation agreement agreed under Kieran Mulvey.
Mr Menton will warn that two landowners would pose “significant risks to patient care”.
He will also reiterate that the nonprofit is secular and has nothing to do with the Catholic Church.
“The SVHG is now breaking new ground. It’s layman. It’s secular,” he will say.
“It is a place that fully upholds the values and laws of our republic, culturally and ethically.”
Mr Menton will also say that the services currently being provided at the current hospital in the dilapidated building on Holles Street are “woefully inadequate” and that “everyone” at the company believes the country is “on the brink of a historic decision about the future”. stands for women’s health”.
The Religious Sisters of Charity have already transferred their interest in SVHG to a new company called St Vincent’s Holdings.
Mr. Menton insists that the transfer is the final formal step in achieving the board’s goal of becoming a truly secular organization free from any religious influence.
However, critics insist that all correspondence between the order and the Vatican, which approved the transfer, must be made public.
https://www.independent.ie/news/two-different-landowners-at-new-maternity-hospital-would-pose-significant-risk-to-patient-care-41653929.html Two different landowners in a new maternity home would pose a “significant risk” to patient care