June 18, 2021

‘New €500m maternity hospital must be free from religious ethos,’ says councillor

The new national maternity hospital must be completely free from religious ethos, Social Democrats Candidate for Wicklow Cllr Jennifer Whitmore said following said at a public meeting on the topic.

Fears that Wicklow women may not receive the maternal healthcare they need at the proposed new  facility at St Vincent’s Hospital was the main topic of discussion at the meeting held in Bray recently.

The ‘Church or State – the National Maternity Hospital’ meeting heard from speakers Dr Peter Boylan and Roisin Shortall TD, both of whom have campaigned strongly to ensure that clinical independence at the hospital was guaranteed.

“This new and badly needed hospital will be fully publicly funded – it now looks like it could cost up to €500m,” Cllr Whitmore s aid.

“It must be in public ownership and control and must have a secular ethos where all legally available fertility and gynaecological treatments are readily available without limitation.”

“At the meeting, Dr Peter Boylan, former Master of the current NMH, spoke strongly about the fact that the Vatican have never in their history alienated or handed over any of their land to facilitate procedures that would inherently go against the teachings of the Church, such as termination of pregnancy or birth control.”


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