Latest: Minister for Health asks for time to pursue ‘acceptable solutions’ to maternity hospital controversy

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Update 6.20pm:The Minister for Health Simon Harris has asked for “time to pursue solutions” to the ownership controversy of the new National Maternity Hospital.

In a statement issued by the minister this evening, Mr Harris said he believed the State can “devise creative and acceptable solutions” to the ownership of the facilities.

It follows the row over the news that the Sisters of Charity will own the new National Maternity Hospital, which is to be located on the St Vincent’s site in South Dublin.

Mr Harris, who said that the “structure of our health service is diverse and complex”, said that he wanted a broader conversation on the issue which he said “is long overdue”.

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