Ireland – Abortion hospitals lacked staff and resources

Abortion hospitals lacked staff and resources

Saturday, January 12, 2019
By Catherine Shanahan

Hospitals in the south of the country were still awaiting “the promised staffing and resources” needed to provide abortion a day before the service was introduced.

John Higgins said providing abortion will be challenging.

A memo from John Higgins, clinical director of the maternity directorate of the South/Southwest hospital group (SSWHG), to all staff on December 31, outlined the group’s position regarding the provision of the service.

It reads: “While we currently await the promised staffing and resources we intend to provide the following services [outlined below] from the 1 January 2019.”