A Bill giving effect to the dissolution of St Luke's Hospital Board and the transfer of its employees and assets to the HSE has passed all stages in the Dáil.

The Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill will now go to the Seanad.

The Labour Party's Ruairi Quinn wanted a commitment that St Luke's would not be sold off by future Minister for Health written into the legislation.

He said a verbal undertaking from the Minister was not worth the paper it was not written on.

Fine Gael's Lucinda Creighton lamented that what she called the Opposition's constructive amendments had been voted down by deputies who did not even listen to the arguments.

Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said he was vehemently opposed to the Bill, which was, he said, part of a flawed plan in relation to the provision of oncology services.

Minister for Health Mary Harney said she was weary of the Opposition declaring support for the National Cancer Strategy, but when it came to implementing individual aspects, it was not the case.