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17 October, 2006


'An indictment of successive Governments' was how Sinn Féin Dáil leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD described the HSE-commissioned report on maternity services. Commenting on the report of the sub-group of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Deputy Ó Caoláin stated:

"This report highlights the many serious inadequacies in the delivery of maternity services throughout the 26 Counties. While healthcare workers are providing dedicated and skilled care on a daily basis they are not getting the support they need.

"I welcome the fact that the report highlights the concerns of patients about having to travel long distances to maternity units, the lack of choice about the type of care they receive, the need for an enhanced role for midwives and for greatly improved infrastructure.

"The report is an indictment of successive Governments who have failed to keep Irish obstetrics and gynaecology services up to the highest international standard. Their neglect has included the closure of maternity units and loss of services for mothers and children at smaller hospitals, including Monaghan General Hospital, with plans for more such closures in the future.

"Rather than pursuing her madcap hospital privatisation scheme Health Minister Harney should devote her attention to providing the highest standard maternity services for all through the public hospital system."

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