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Hospital co-location welcome, but does not address short staffing - Ó Caoláin

30 June, 2015 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

The announcement in recent days that all three Dublin maternity hospitals will at a future stage be co-located with major adult teaching hospitals has been welcomed by Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD but he said that this “does not address short staffing, a  problem that faces all maternity hospitals at present”.

 Deputy Ó Caoláin stated:

“Co-location of these hospitals is necessary and will ensure access to necessary specialist services for mothers and babies as required. It has been recommended since 2008 that all maternity hospitals be co-located with adult acute services in order to provide optimal clinical outcomes, and this is reflected in models internationally.

“Short staffing of maternity services is a more pressing problem. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says that more than 600 midwives need to be recruited and it was also shown last year that Ireland has the lowest number of obstetricians per 100,000 women across all OECD countries.

“The aging hospitals need massive capital investment and hopefully this announcement will see the necessary funding provided. Can the Minister outline how much capital funding will be provided and from what sources? He has suggested he sees a role for public private partnerships. If so, he needs to give further detail on this. We also need to know the timeline for the plans.”

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