Need to restore confidence in maternity services – O’Reilly
Speaking in response to a number of cases involving fatalities in our maternity services, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that it is a foremost priority that pregnant women in Ireland need to have confidence in our maternity services.
The Fingal TD continued, saying that the national maternity strategy to be implemented as a matter of priority, and resourced as such.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“The sector has been drastically underfunded over the last 20 years and Ireland is lagging behind international standards. This has led to tragedies that include deaths in healthcare settings across the State. Unfortunately in the last month, this has become prevalent once more.
“Our maternity services are severely understaffed, lacking both midwives and obstetricians. The INMO says that more than 600 midwives need to be recruited to achieve basic safety levels and it was also shown last year that Ireland has the lowest number of obstetricians per 100,000 women across all OECD countries.
“Pregnant women in Ireland need to have confidence in our services, particularly given that maternity services are a certainty in the health system. Pregnancy is already a scary time for women and their partners and tragic events in recent times has drawn attention once more to the need for the national maternity strategy to be implemented as a matter of priority, and resourced as such.
“Expectant mothers, as well as those who have had experience of the system, must be listened to and placed at the centre of policy.”