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Major victory for women’s health as Sinn Féin maternity services motion passes

3 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin’s Private Members’ Motion on maternity services has tonight been passed by the Dáil, marking a major victory for women’s health.

The comprehensive motion contains a commitment to ensure the new National Maternity Hospital is built on the St. Vincent’s Hospital campus as quickly as possible, remains entirely within public ownership and has legally guaranteed independence from all non-medical influence in its clinical operations within the laws of the State.

Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD said:

“With the passing of this motion, we have seen a major victory for women’s health in this state.

“Crucially, we have received a commitment that the new National Maternity Hospital will be built, will remain entirely in public ownership and will have legally guaranteed independence from non-medical influence.

“Our comprehensive motion also contained a wealth of proposals for improvements to our maternity services including universal access to foetal anomaly screening, the full implementation of the National Maternity Strategy and a commitment to work with nursing and medical unions in the recruitment and retention of medical staff so that all maternity hospitals meet the Birthrate plus standard for midwifery staffing, as well as international standards for consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists.

“It is now up to the Government to stand by their commitment made here tonight and I will be following up with the Minister to ensue implementation of these initiatives in the coming days.” 

Note: Please see attached the motion in question

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