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Health Minister Faces Critisism Over Future Of National Maternity Hospital

Two opposing sides has emerged in the talks around the National Maternity Hospital.

Last night, cabinet ministers delayed agreeing to a memo, which would see the hospital relocated to St Vincent's Campus, until greater clarity on the governance of the hospital is provided.

Opposition parties and some pro-choice activists have opposed the move, that would see the hospital built on land owned by St Vincent's Holdings, over fears a catholic ethos may influence care.

Wicklow Minister Stephen Donnelly says there's "layers of protection" in place to prevent that.

But for former Master of the NMH Dr Peter Boylan, it's not credible that the Minister can guarantee all reproductive care will be carried out.

Meanwhile another former Master Dr Rhona Mahony backs the move to St Vincent's, she says the conditions in Holles Street aren't good enough.

Ministers will make a final decision on the relocation in two weeks' time.


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