Hospital row proves good deeds never go unpunished

Hospital row proves good deeds never go unpunished
St Vincent’s University Hospital Picture: Fergal Phillips

It’s worth remembering religious orders helped create our health service when the state could not

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has called for a debate on the ownership and governance of the hospital sector. I welcome this debate in the context of recent controversy over the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital, where events have demonstrated the value of clarity when it comes to the governance of the state-funded hospital system. Comparisons have been drawn with the patronage of the school system, where over 90 per cent of primary schools have a religious ethos. They are not comparable.

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