Written answers

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Department of Health

National Maternity Hospital

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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242. To ask the Minister for Health the progress to date in advancing the proposed new maternity hospital; the extent to which agreement has been reached to the satisfaction of all parties while meeting any concerns the general public might have; if all outstanding matters have been satisfactorily resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59760/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The Government is committed to the development of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) planned for the St Vincent’s University Hospital Campus at Elm Park, as set out in the Programme for Government.

As the Deputy will be aware, the proposed corporate and clinical governance arrangements for the new National Maternity Hospital were set out in the Mulvey Agreement, which provides for the establishment of a new company - National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC - which will have clinical and operational, as well as financial and budgetary independence in the provision of maternity, gynaecology and neonatal services.

The draft legal framework that has been developed is designed to copperfasten these arrangements and to ensure protection of the State’s investment. Work is ongoing towards the finalisation of the legal arrangements.

I have been clear that I will not bring any proposal to Government unless it affirms that that State’s investment in the new hospital is safeguarded, as well as providing assurances around all legally permissible services being provided in the new NMH. However, as I have stated previously, I will not be making any further comment in relation to this matter until the process has concluded.


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