30 Apr 2017
Consultant oncologist and former senator Professor John Crown has said he has seen some firsthand evidence of ‘sectarianism’ in the way St Vincent’s Hospital operates.
The controversy erupted after it emerged the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group – which is controlled by the Sisters of Charity – will own the new National Maternity Hospital, which is to be located on the site at St Vincent’s Hospital in South Dublin.
The Health Minister and the NMH board have insisted the clinical freedom of the new hospital will be guaranteed – but many commentators, including former NMH Master Peter Boylan – have raised concerns about the arrangement.
The Irish Times has highlighted some of the procedures and treatments banned by the Sisters of Charity.
Prof Crown suggested there is some ‘subtle’ religious influence at St Vincent’s.
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