Thursday, 12 May 2022
National Maternity Hospital: Statements
David Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein)
Obviously, people will make up their own mind as to what to take from the Minister's response.
To go back to what we talked about over the last few minutes, the Minister had exactly the same position that I had from the get-go on this. We have a very complicated healthcare system in this State, which we agree on, I imagine. It is a two-tier system with a mix of public and private, which is not ideal. We have voluntary hospitals, independent hospitals and HSE hospitals. We have section 38 organisations and section 39 organisations. It is very complicated. We had Sláintecare, which we all agreed was about a single-tier health service in a public system. This is the first hospital that is being built or signed off on since Sláintecare yet it will be a private company that will be established.