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Tragedy at NMH Holles Street highlights dangers women still face during pregnancy – O’Reilly

23 June, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the information which came to light during the inquest into the tragic death of a young woman at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street which occurred last year highlights the dangers that women still face during pregnancy. 

Deputy O’Reilly said: 

“The information which arose during the inquest into the death of a young woman at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street last year was truly shocking and deeply upsetting. 

“The coroner’s verdict of medical misadventure in this case highlights the dangers that women still face during pregnancy. 

“While Ireland has one of the world’s lowest rates of maternal death, consistently ranking around joint 6th in Europe and the world, with some of the best nurses, midwives, and doctors in the world, pregnancy is still complex and can still be fraught with dangers in certain instances. 

“This heart-breaking case highlights the work that still needs to be done regarding the maternity services in the state. 

“Pregnancy still carries risks for women and we need to do all we can to minimise these risks. 

“Most importantly, that includes the full implementation of the National Maternity Strategy so that all maternity hospitals meet the ‘Birthrate Plus’ standard. 

“While nothing can reverse this situation and bring this young lady back, I do welcome the robust internal review that has begun, as outlined by NMH chairman Nicholas Kearns, and I also welcome the unreserved apology for the shortcomings in care from the hospital.” 

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