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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Senior doctor quits project board in support of Peter Boylan .
The former Master of the Coombe Hospital has resigned from the project board of the new National Maternity Hospital in solidarity with Dr Peter Boylan. Dr Boylan resigned from the board yesterday after criticising ownership of the new €300m taxpayer-funded facility being given to the Religious Sisters of Charity, saying they were "blind" to their actions.RTE reports that in his resignation note Professor Chris Fitzpatrick echoed these sentiments.Earlier this week Prof Fitzpatrick appeared on Today With Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One and called the proposed board a "forced marriage.

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