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Sinn Féin meets with Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to discuss maternity services

18 November, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy chair of the Health Committee Michelle O’Neill has today met with the RCOG in relation to issues surrounding maternity service provision in the north of Ireland.

Speaking following the meeting Ms O’Neill said:

“This was a productive meeting and I welcome the chance to engage with those doctors who are at the forefront of the field.

“Several issues were focused upon including the need for perinatal services for women with mental health problems, the worrying current levels of caesarean sections and the need for targets in relation to maternity services.

“What ultimately we need to see in the long run is a proactive approach by the health department in addressing these issues and the massive gaps that exist in service provision in these areas.

“I will continue to work closely with the ROCOG and the Royal College of midwives in order to ensure that they are supported in doing what they do best and that maternal health issues are a priority for the Health Minister over the coming year and beyond. “

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