Ireland Over 20,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital

18:15  19 april  2017
18:15  19 april  2017 Source:   Journal.ie

'This is an insult to abuse survivors' - Protesters on the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital

  'This is an insult to abuse survivors' - Protesters on the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital 'This is an insult to abuse survivors' - Protesters on the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital The Catholic Church should have no involvement in women's health care, according to protesters gathered in Dublin today.Dozens of people took part in a protest outside the Department of Health this afternoon, calling on Minister Harris to prevent the ownership of the n going to the Sisters of Charity. The protest was organised by Councillor Éilis Ryan of the Workers Party, who said Mr Harris should be "spending less time on Twitter" and more time negotiating.

000 people have signed a petition calling for the Sisters of Charity to be prevented from becoming the owner of the national maternity hospital . A petition seeking to prevent the group becoming the sole owner of the hospital has, at the time of publication, been signed over 20 , 000 times.

An online petition to block The Sisters of Charity from owning the new national maternity hospital has got thousands of signatures overnight. 18, 000 people have added their names to the protest, set up after the religious order was revealed as the new owner of the facility due to be built in Dublin.

The new building will be located at St Vincent's Hospital in south Dublin © Department of Health The new building will be located at St Vincent's Hospital in south Dublin MORE THAN 20,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Sisters of Charity to be prevented from becoming the owner of the national maternity hospital.

Yesterday, TDs and councillors were among those to criticise the fact a religious group which has failed to deliver its full share to the redress scheme for institutional abuse survivors is to be the owner of the new hospital.

The Sisters of Charity own the land at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin 4 where the new hospital is being built.

A petition seeking to prevent the group becoming the sole owner of the hospital has, at the time of publication, been signed over 20,000 times.

'There will be abortions': Master of maternity hospital says they'll be entirely independent

  'There will be abortions': Master of maternity hospital says they'll be entirely independent After almost a week of controversy, the board of the National Maternity Hospital will meet later today.On Morning Ireland today, Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of National Maternity Hospital Holles Street, said that the Sisters of Charity “will be an independent company”, and that they will retain their medical practices without religious interference.

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Emily Duffy of Uplift, the group behind the petition, said: “This is an issue that people in Ireland are clearly outraged about.

“It’s rare we see a petition go viral so rapidly, and it shows that people are deeply troubled by the State’s utter disregard for the many victims of abuse which took place in institutions run by orders such as the Sisters of Charity.”

Health Minister Simon Harris has sought to play down the issue, stressing the hospital will be run independently.

In a statement, the Department of Health said: “The identity and ethos of the current NMH will be retained. The new company will have clinical and operational independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services, without religious, ethnic or other distinction, as well as financial and budgetary independence.

Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church

  Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the hospital will be independently run.There has been growing controversy about the issue in recent days, with many people expressing concern about what impact the religious order owning the hospital could have on how it is run.

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This independence will be assured by the reserved powers which are set out in the agreement and which will be copper fastened by the golden share which will be held by the Minister for Health.

“These reserved powers can only be amended with the unanimous written approval of the Directors and with the approval of the Minister for Health.”

Speaking to Today with Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, Kieran Mulvey, the former chair of the Workplace Relations Commission, said money owed by the Sisters of Charity to the redress scheme was not discussed during negotiations to move the hospital.

Mulvey acted as a mediator between Holles Street, the current site of the national maternity hospital, and St Vincent’s during the negotiation process.

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