Still no commitment to extend access to anomaly scans – O’Reilly
Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said she is extremely disappointed that the National Maternity Strategy Implementation Plan has not set out a date for the rollout of the strategy.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“It is extremely disappointing that, 20 months after the launch of the National Maternity Strategy by the then Health Minister Leo Varadkar, we now have just an implementation plan, which is worryingly light on targets.
“There are a number of aspects to the implementation plan which are non-committal and this is quite worrying.
“The implementation plan also has no commitment to extend the access to anomaly scans to all pregnant women at 20 weeks.
“Furthermore, there is no mention of additional staff for the strategy, even though we have a recruitment and retention crisis in the health service. Indeed, only last week Dr Rhona Mahony, the Master of Holles Street, told the Oireachtas 8th Amendment Committee that the health service was short at least 140 midwives.
“However, most disappointing of all is that there is no date for the rollout of the National Maternity Strategy.
“Women in this state have waited long enough for a proper maternal care strategy; the National Maternity Strategy was supposed to be a new beginning.
“I would urge the Government to bring forward a set date for the beginning of the rollout of the National Maternity strategy as well as the provision of the necessary funding and commit to recruiting the of the necessary staff.”