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Government must commit to implementing National Maternity Strategy – Adams

26 October, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, has said “there are serious concerns about the pace of reform in our maternity services and an inadequate level of resources”, and that the Government must commit to funding and implementing that National Maternity Strategy.   

Teachta Adams said:

“The Programme for Government commits to implementing the National Maternity Strategy. Worryingly, media reports from Monday and yesterday indicate that although progress has been made, it is nowhere near what was promised. 

“There are serious concerns about the pace of reform in our maternity services and an inadequate level of resources.  Since 2011, maternity services in the State have been marred by investigations of maternal and child mortality in many of our hospitals.  

“In the west, two senior experts in midwifery who were recruited to improve maternity services after the death of Savita Halappanavar have resigned only two years after taking up their jobs. 

“Some of the experts involved have said four new adequately staffed and fully resourced maternity hospitals are needed to address the growing level of risk associated with giving birth in our hospitals.  

“Next Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway. Some four years on from this tragedy, there are still major concerns. 

“In light of these developments, it is vital that the Government honour its commitments in the Programme Government in respect of funding and implementing the national maternity strategy.” 

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