199. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health if medical and surgical procedures legal here will be available at the national maternity hospital after the St. Vincent’s company is established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19467/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 202, inclusive, together.
Work continues on the preparation of the draft legal framework which will ensure that the State’s significant investment in the new maternity hospital will be protected. This framework will also further underpin the operational and clinical independence of the hospital. 
In the course of this work there has been extensive engagement with the HSE, the HSE legal advisers and the Chief Sta...

200. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health if he has had discussions with a group (details supplied) or other Roman Catholic bodies on the ethos of the national maternity hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19468/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 202, inclusive, together.
Work continues on the preparation of the draft legal framework which will ensure that the State’s significant investment in the new maternity hospital will be protected. This framework will also further underpin the operational and clinical independence of the hospital. 
In the course of this work there has been extensive engagement with the HSE, the HSE legal advisers and the Chief Sta...

201. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his views on recent reports that the values and vision of Mary Aikenhead will underpin the new St. Vincent’s company; his further views on whether this is compatible with ensuring the clinical independence of the national maternity hospital and the previous assurances that were given in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19470/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 202, inclusive, together.
Work continues on the preparation of the draft legal framework which will ensure that the State’s significant investment in the new maternity hospital will be protected. This framework will also further underpin the operational and clinical independence of the hospital. 
In the course of this work there has been extensive engagement with the HSE, the HSE legal advisers and the Chief Sta...

202. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the negotiations of the legal framework to protect the independence of the new National Maternity Hospital and the State’s investment in it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19471/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 202, inclusive, together.
Work continues on the preparation of the draft legal framework which will ensure that the State’s significant investment in the new maternity hospital will be protected. This framework will also further underpin the operational and clinical independence of the hospital. 
In the course of this work there has been extensive engagement with the HSE, the HSE legal advisers and the Chief Sta...

364. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the new national maternity hospital; and when a legal agreement on retaining this hospital in public ownership will be reached. (Question 11412/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - National Maternity Hospital Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following the grant of planning permission for the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) on the St. Vincent’s University Hospital campus, the Design Team is continuing to work on the detailed design of the hospital and the preparation of tender documents. 
I can assure the Deputy that we are making progress on the draft legal framework which will ensure that the State’s significant investment in the new maternity hospital will be protected. While compl...

387. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for relocating the National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s University Hospital; the timeframe for its opening; the estimate for its completion including all systems requirements; and the funding in 2018 for the project. (Question 9304/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Maternity Hospital Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The recently published Project Ireland 2040 and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides capital funding to support implementation of the Maternity Strategy which requires that all the remaining standalone maternity hospitals will be redeveloped on acute hospital sites. The first maternity hospital to be redeveloped will be the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin. Planning permission has been awarded for the new maternity hospital...

461. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the consideration that has been given to the official name of the new national maternity hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9783/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - National Maternity Hospital)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following extensive mediation discussions, agreement was reached between the St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) on the relocation of the NMH to the Elm Park campus. The terms of the agreement, which have been published, provide for the establishment of a new company - “The National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park DAC (limited by shares)”; the identity of the current NMH will be retained. 
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5. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the details of the draft framework agreement on the future ownership of the new national maternity hospital; if the new hospital will remain in public ownership; if he will bring before Dáil Éireann details of the proposal prior to the final legal agreement being signed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6588/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - National Maternity Hospital)

Deputy Róisín Shortall: At the end of August the Minister stated that his Department was finalising an agreement with St. Vincent’s Hospital and Holles Street hospital under which the new national maternity hospital would remain in full public ownership. However, as of last month discussions on the legal framework were still ongoing. Will the Minister recommit today to ensuring that the hospital will remain in full public ownership? Will he update the House on the progress of the talks?
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124. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if the public ownership of the new maternity hospital will be guaranteed in view of public concern regarding the ownership of the new hospital; if the proposed site for the building will transfer to public ownership; if it will entail a loan, licence or a lease; if assurance will be provided to the public in this regard prior to the final agreement being reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3663/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - National Maternity Hospital)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): A draft legal framework is currently being finalised which will inter alia ensure that the State’s significant investment in the new hospital will be protected. Pending its finalisation and sign off by all stake holders, it would be premature to provide any further details at this stage. 
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679. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if the State will own the ground on which the new national maternity hospital is to be built; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54375/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - National Maternity Hospital)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 679 and 680 together. 
Following the grant of planning permission for the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) on the St. Vincent’s University Hospital campus, the Design Team is continuing to work on the detailed design of the hospital and the preparation of tender documents. However, before final tender documents issue, and construction of the new hospital commences, it will be necessary to secure agreement between ...

680. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of negotiations regarding the construction of the new national maternity hospital; the parties involved in these negotiations; and if the new hospital building will remain in State ownership as stated in August 2017 (details supplied). (Question 54376/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - National Maternity Hospital)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 679 and 680 together. 
Following the grant of planning permission for the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) on the St. Vincent’s University Hospital campus, the Design Team is continuing to work on the detailed design of the hospital and the preparation of tender documents. However, before final tender documents issue, and construction of the new hospital commences, it will be necessary to secure agreement between ...

159. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the national maternity hospital on the St. Vincent’s hospital campus; his plans for the final agreement to include a lien or a licence; the body with which such a lien or licence would be agreed; when he expects a final agreement to be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52505/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following the grant of planning permission for the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, the Design Team is continuing to work on the detailed design of the hospital and the preparation of tender documents. This development will of course represent the flagship project of the National Maternity Strategy and will constitute the largest single investment ever made in maternity services in Ireland. 
Work is also c...

446. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Health the status of the proposed national maternity hospital at St. Vincent’s hospital site in Dublin; the arrangement entered into concerning ownership of the proposed national maternity hospital; the persons or group that will own this hospital; if there are effective beneficial owners of the hospital site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50523/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following the grant of planning permission for the new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, the Design Team is continuing to work on the detailed design of the hospital and the preparation of tender documents. This development will of course represent the flagship project of the National Maternity Strategy and will constitute the largest single investment ever made in maternity services in Ireland. 
Work is also c...

54. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health if he will clarify reports on the funding status for the new maternity hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40918/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Government is fully committed to proceeding with and completing the new National Maternity Hospital, which is a vital project for women and babies in Ireland. This project constitutes the largest single investment ever to be made in maternity services in Ireland. The new development will cater for up to 10,000 births per annum and will include state of the art obstetrics, neonatal and gynaecology care facilities.
Now that planning permission has b...

901. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the arrangements he is making to protect the public interest in the new national maternity hospital; if public interest directors will be appointed to its board and to the board of the St Vincent’s Hospital Group at Elm Park, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34625/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 to 906, inclusive, and 921 together.
The Deputy can be assured that there has been extensive engagement between my Department and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) over the last few weeks, to agree the mechanism by which the State investment in the new National Maternity Hospital, on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, will be protected. Discussions have been led by the Secretary General, and have, I...

902. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if management fees or other fees will be payable by the new national maternity hospital to the St Vincent’s Hospital Group at Elm Park, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34626/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 to 906, inclusive, and 921 together.
The Deputy can be assured that there has been extensive engagement between my Department and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) over the last few weeks, to agree the mechanism by which the State investment in the new National Maternity Hospital, on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, will be protected. Discussions have been led by the Secretary General, and have, I...

903. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the arrangements he is making to ensure that the St Vincent’s Hospital Group at Elm Park, Dublin, cannot raise borrowings on the assets of the new national maternity hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34627/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 to 906, inclusive, and 921 together.
The Deputy can be assured that there has been extensive engagement between my Department and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) over the last few weeks, to agree the mechanism by which the State investment in the new National Maternity Hospital, on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, will be protected. Discussions have been led by the Secretary General, and have, I...

904. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if the board of the national maternity hospital will be accountable to the board of the St Vincent’s Hospital Group at Elm Park, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34628/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 to 906, inclusive, and 921 together.
The Deputy can be assured that there has been extensive engagement between my Department and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) over the last few weeks, to agree the mechanism by which the State investment in the new National Maternity Hospital, on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, will be protected. Discussions have been led by the Secretary General, and have, I...

905. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if the board and chief executive of the St Vincent’s Hospital Group at Elm Park, Dublin, will have an influence over the policies and finances of the national maternity hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34629/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 to 906, inclusive, and 921 together.
The Deputy can be assured that there has been extensive engagement between my Department and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) over the last few weeks, to agree the mechanism by which the State investment in the new National Maternity Hospital, on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, will be protected. Discussions have been led by the Secretary General, and have, I...

906. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the progress he and his officials have made on the arrangements between his Department, the national maternity hospital at Holles Street and St Vincent’s healthcare group which he was due to report to Dáil Éireann on at the end of May 2017; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34630/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 to 906, inclusive, and 921 together.
The Deputy can be assured that there has been extensive engagement between my Department and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) over the last few weeks, to agree the mechanism by which the State investment in the new National Maternity Hospital, on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, will be protected. Discussions have been led by the Secretary General, and have, I...

921. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if the proposed new national maternity hospital will be retained in public ownership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34675/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - National Maternity Hospital Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 901 to 906, inclusive, and 921 together.
The Deputy can be assured that there has been extensive engagement between my Department and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) over the last few weeks, to agree the mechanism by which the State investment in the new National Maternity Hospital, on the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, will be protected. Discussions have been led by the Secretary General, and have, I...

171. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his views regarding ownership of the new national maternity hospital; his plans to ensure that it is retained in public ownership; and the timeframe to make a final decision on this matter. (Question 29421/17 asked on 22 Jun 2017 - National Maternity Hospital)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Deputy will be aware that I recently asked for a period of time to reflect on, and address, issues associated with the National Maternity Hospital project. While work is continuing on these issues, I am happy to note the significant developments that have taken place over the period. I have met with the Chair and CEO/Master of both hospitals and reaffirmed my commitment to the project. In addition, there has been extensive engagement between the ...

46. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his plans regarding the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27956/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - National Maternity Hospital)

Deputy Róisín Shortall: It was mid-April when the controversy about the proposed new governance and ownership arrangements for the National Maternity Hospital broke, arising from the disclosure of the Mulvey report. There was widespread public controversy for a number of weeks and, at the end of April, the Minister asked for a month to consider this matter. That month came and went. While I appreciate that the Minister has been busy with other things, we are now three weeks over the deadline....

52. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health his views on whether the allocation of space for private practice in the plans for the new national maternity hospital is compatible with the elimination of private care from public hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27861/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - National Maternity Hospital)

Deputy Mick Barry: The Committee on the Future of Healthcare has proposed the phasing out of private practice from public hospitals yet it is clear the plans for the national maternity hospital make provision for a significant amount of private practice within it. I do not know how that can be squared but I look forward to hearing the Minister’s comments on the matter.
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114. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health the details of the governance arrangements of St. Vincent’s hospital and the national maternity hospital following its relocation to Elm Park, Dublin in view of the recent announcement by the religious Sisters of Charity to not be directly involved in St. Vincent’s hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27899/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - National Maternity Hospital)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Deputy will be aware that I recently asked for a period of time to reflect on, and address, issues associated with the National Maternity Hospital project. While work is continuing on these issues, I am happy to note the significant developments that have taken place over the period. I have met with the Chair and CEO/Master of both hospitals and reaffirmed my commitment to the project. In addition, there has been extensive engagement between the ...