‘To sug­gest any re­li­gious ethos is un­true’

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DR RHONA Ma­hony took to Today With Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ Ra­dio 1 yes­ter­day to tell lis­ten­ers: ‘Let’s be clear here, I am speak­ing on be­half of the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal.

‘I have been di­rectly in­volved in the ne­go­ti­a­tions and I un­der­stand the agree­ment which is backed up by re­ally sound le­gal ad­vice.

‘First of all I am re­ally sur­prised that the chair­man of the In­sti­tute of Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy would be so mis­lead­ing on ra­dio to sug­gest the nuns will be run­ning the hospi­tal. This is not true.

‘To sug­gest this hospi­tal will be run un­der a Catholic ethos – this is not true.

‘When the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal moves to the Elm Park cam­pus it will be an in­de­pen­dent hospi­tal and an in­de­pen­dent com­pany with its own in­de­pen­dent board ded­i­cated solely to the provi­sion of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal, ma­ter­nity and neona­tal ser­vices.

‘The ser­vices we pro­vide at the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal at the mo­ment are ab­so­lutely pro­tected un­der the re­serve pow­ers.

‘We will con­tinue to prac­tice con­tra­cep­tion. We will con­tinue to ter­mi­nate preg­nancy in or­der to save women’s lives.

‘We will con­tinue to de­liver ex­cel­lence in health­care and... the ethos of the new Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal will be ex­cel­lence in clin­i­cal care. There will not be any re­li­gious ethos.’

Dr Ma­hony added: ‘The own­er­ship of the pub­lic hospi­tal is not re­ally here or there.

‘It is con­trol and delivery of ser­vices within that hospi­tal that is im­por­tant.

‘I couldn’t care less who owns my hospi­tal build­ing but I re­ally care that I have con­trol over the ser­vice that I de­liver and that I can give clin­i­cal care to women that is ap­pro­pri­ate. It is not the way for­ward to con­tinue to stay in a di­lap­i­dated build­ing that can­not pro­vide the fa­cil­i­ties for mod­ern care.

‘So, are we re­ally go­ing to mis­in­form peo­ple?

‘We will be an in­de­pen­dent com­pany that will op­er­ate en­tirely in­de­pen­dently, clin­i­cally.

‘I think we re­ally need to get be­hind this hospi­tal and get it built be­cause the risks women are en­dur­ing and the pri­va­tion and the poor con­di­tions that women are en­dur­ing in this coun­try are a dis­grace.

She added: ‘What we don’t need is mis­in­for­ma­tion and we don’t need is scare­mon­ger­ing and what we don’t need is completely in­ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion.

‘And what we don’t need is this at­tack on the nuns, who will not be in­volved in the delivery of ma­ter­nity gy­nae­co­log­i­cal and neona­tal care.’

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