National maternity lands safe from repossession
The land for the new national maternity hospital will be protected against repossession by a bank that will hold a charge on it for up to 149 years – once the lease is signed by the state for the site.
This will apply to the term of the lease – an initial term of 99 years, which can be extended for another 50 years, the St Vincent hospital group said in a statement on Friday.
Bank of Ireland has a general lien on the assets of St Vincent, which relates to the loans the hospital has taken out to develop the private hospital on its campus.
The lender will also have no charges on the hospital building, St Vincent’s said. A spokeswoman for the hospital group said the bank had approved the draft land lease agreement that would see the state lease the land.
“Once this lease contract is signed, the bank can no longer appropriate the land for the duration of the lease. The state will own the building and the bank will have no charge on it, ”the group said.
A bitter and complex feud over the future of the € 800million project shows no signs of slowing down. It focuses on the provision of services, land ownership for the project, and policy and ideological issues. A protest is due to take place at Leinster House on Saturday, demanding that the hospital be state-owned and built on public land.
Solidarity-People before profit TD Bríd Smith, one of the organizers of the protest, said there was a demand for a separation of Church and State at large, and for a health service ” free from what the state has been doing for years. , relying on religious orders to provide health and disability services ”.
Construction of the new hospital will see existing buildings demolished and a significant overlap between the two facilities, St Vincent’s said on Friday. He continues to advocate for the corporate structure proposed in the 2016 project agreement.
“The floors of the new building house both clinical and non-clinical NMH and SVUH facilities, and integrated patient care can only be provided through an integrated ownership and governance structure.
“At its simplest level, if each hospital is owned and managed separately, at what point in the corridor between the two hospitals does the patient move from care in one hospital to care in another? The group said the campus-wide service corridors run through the NMH building and if it is owned by another entity, these could be affected.
The government and St Vincent have said all legal medical procedures in the state will be available at the new hospital, including those that go against Catholic ethics, such as termination of pregnancy. Meetings between Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and key project stakeholders are being organized, but have reportedly not yet taken place.
On Friday, Professor Donal Brennan, a consultant obstetrician at the National Maternity Hospital, said he has never encountered a situation “where I have not been able to perform any legal proceedings under state law, and which is in the best interests of women ”.
A senior hospital clinical management source said the hospital’s senior consultants did not support the views of its former master, Peter Boylan, who has been one of the most prominent activists against the move on the Vincent campus.