Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1767, 1776)

Micheál Martin

Question:

1767. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health the status of the ownership model that will be introduced for the new maternity hospital at St. Vincent’s Hospital, if the process for same is finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33999/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

1776. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the status of the ownership of the proposed new national maternity hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34021/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1767 and 1776 together.

My Department continues to engage with St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Hospital to develop a legal framework to protect the State’s significant investment in the new maternity hospital on the St Vincent's University Hospital campus.  St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has agreed to provide the State with a 99-year lease of the land upon which the new maternity hospital will be built, and this will allow the State to retain ownership of the new facility.  The State will, in turn, provide an Operating Licence to the NMH DAC and the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group to enable the provision of health services in the newly constructed building.  

The overall framework being put in place will unequivocally copper-fasten the principle that patient care in the new hospital will be delivered without religious, ethnic or other distinction and that any medical procedure which is in accordance with the laws of the land will be carried out there.

Question No. 1768 answered with Question No. 1399.