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42 consultants say Maternity Hospital row based on “misinformation” 

42 consultants at the National Maternity Hospital have said that “misinformation” and “misunderstanding” around the planned move to the St Vincent’s campus could delay the creation of a “world-class” hospital.

In a letter published in today’s Irish Times, the consultants, including the current master and three former masters, insist that all procedures will be available in the new hospital. They say: “the misinformation that services at the new maternity hospital will be curtailed by any religious ethos is particularly troubling given its inaccuracy.”

The maternity hospital is to be built on land owned by the Sisters of Charity who have provided the site for free but retain ownership through a legal vehicle on a 99 year lease.

The row over the maternity hospital has arisen because of claims that a Catholic ethos might influence the provision of abortion and other services. However, the consultants said today that there would be no “restriction on our practice based on religion” and that a “cast-iron guarantee in this regard is included in the proposed operating licence to be granted by the Department of Health for the new hospital.”

“Any further delay in approving this project damages the interests of the mothers and babies who are grossly ill-served by the existing cramped NMH campus which is not fit for purpose, with buildings that are almost 90 years old,” they said.

Gript Editor, John McGuirk, said last week that the statement from the Sisters of Charity Nuns acknowledging that they would allow abortions to take place amounted to moral corruption and that the nuns should walk away from the deal. “Do all the abortions you want, just leave us the land” is an odd place for an order of the Roman Catholic Church to find itself in,” he wrote.

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