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Time for action on maternity services – Louise O’Reilly TD

4 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has called on the Minister for Health to swiftly implement the commitments made in the Dáil last night with regards to the National Maternity Hospital.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“Last night was a major victory for women’s health. The Minister must now accept the collective will of the Dáil and act on the motion.

“Over the past number of weeks we have seen a conversation started on the issue of our maternity services and women’s health. That’s a good thing. Our maternity services are not up to standard, they are failing women and babies. It’s time to move on from a conversation to taking action.

“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 Birth rate 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 last night and I will be following up with the Minister to ensure implementation of these initiatives made here last night.”


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