I propose to take Questions Nos. 379 and 380 together.
St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has confirmed the process by which the Religious Sisters of Charity will withdraw from the Group and transfer their shareholding to a new company St Vincent’s Holdings CLG. The Sisters have, of course, already resigned from the Group’s Board. The share transfer process, and the question of the need for Vatican approval, is a matter for St Vincent's Healthcare Group.
My Department continues to engage with both the National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent’s Healthcare Group in relation to the legal framework required to protect the States' investment in the new hospital. 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 relevant medical procedure, which is in accordance with the laws of the land, will be carried out at the new hospital.