Agreement on National Maternity Hospital
Pictured are (l-r) Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street; Taoiseach Enda Kenny; Health Minister Simon Harris; Chair of St Vincent's Healthcare group Jimmy Menton with a model of the new hospital, at the announcement of the agreement this evening in Government Buildings
Health Minister Simon Harris today announced that agreement has been reached between the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) and St Vincent’s Hospital Group on the redevelopment of the NMH on the Elm Park campus. This follows extensive mediation discussions over recent months. Both hospitals have now agreed a new governance arrangement for the co-located hospitals which will see the establishment of a new Company - The National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC (limited by shares).
Minister Harris said:
I am thrilled to be in a position today to launch the development of this vital project for the future of maternity services in this country. Delivering a world class state-of-the-art new National Maternity Hospital for women and infants has been a key priority for me since becoming Minister for Health.
Earlier this year the Government published the country’s first ever National Maternity Strategy. The new hospital will give physical expression to the Strategy and ensure that women will receive their care in an environment where their need for dignity and privacy is respected. Co-location with St Vincent’s University Hospital will also ensure that women have immediate access to any necessary acute medical or support services, and this will increase the safety profile of the service.
The agreement ensures that the project can proceed. The Design Team will now review and update all the underlying planning documentation with a view to submitting a Strategic Infrastructure Development application to an Bord Pleanala, early in the New Year.
For more information read the press release here.