Linnea Dunne traces the history of religious involvement in women’s healthcare, and looks at the solution for the new maternity hospital site.
A memory popped up on my phone last month from this time four years ago. A campaigning group I was part of back then had organised a march to demand that the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) be entirely free from religious involvement. Four years on, not much has changed, as yet another demonstration outside the Dáil, this weekend illustrated. And yet, four years is almost no time at all in the bigger picture of Church involvement in the State provision of healthcare.