Thursday, 29 November 2018

Questions (147)

Gino Kenny

Question:

147. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to ensure that the national maternity hospital will be taken into public ownership as a condition of public funding; the further steps he will take to ensure that the €350 million earmarked for the new build will be conditional on the change of ownership and will be governed by a new secular charter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49917/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Considerable work has been undertaken to develop a legal framework to protect the State's significant investment in the new hospital and to ensure that the new hospital building will remain in State ownership. The proposals will require consideration by Government, the National Maternity Hospital and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group before they are finalised. This legal framework will underpin the operational and clinical independence of the new hospital, ensuring care in the new maternity hospital will be delivered without religious, ethnic or other distinction and any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of the land will be carried out there.