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Passing of Sinn Féin Dáil motion brings new hope for the improvement of our maternity services – Funchion

4 May, 2017 - by Kathleen Funchion TD


Sinn Féin TD for Carlow Kilkenny has said the passing of her party’s Private Members’ Motion last night was a great victory and will bring hope for all women who access maternity services.

Deputy Funchion said:

“I am delighted that our motion which contains a commitment to ensure the new National Maternity Hospital is built on the St. Vincent’s Hospital campus as quickly and remains entirely within public ownership, was passed last night in the Dáil.

“The motion not only addressed the contentious matter of state ownership but also called for a legal guarantee for independence from all non-medical influence in its clinical operations within the laws of the State.

“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 were all proposals which were included and agreed upon.

“The members of the Oireachtas have clearly echoed the public’s demand for complete transparency on the creation of our new hospital at St. Vincent’s and have supported our party’s urgent call for much needed upgrading and improvement to the services provided to women. This motion should send a clear message to the Minister that his commitments must be kept.” 

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