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.”

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-hospitals-lacked-staff-and-resources-897110.html

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Ireland – Just nine maternity units will be able to offer abortion services by January 1st

Just nine maternity units will be able to offer abortion services by January 1st
Sources say 145 GPs have signed a contract to provide termination services to patients

Dec 21, 2018
Jennifer Bray, Paul Cullen

Only nine out of 19 maternity units will be in a position to offer abortion services by the planned introduction date of January 1st, it has emerged.

Sources also said that while 145 GPs signed the contract to provide abortion services to their patients, just 106 doctors had signed up to provide termination of pregnancy services to any woman seeking access to the abortion pill.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/just-nine-maternity-units-will-be-able-to-offer-abortion-services-by-january-1st-1.3739903

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Ireland – Abortions will be free but some patients will have to pay for related drugs

Abortions will be free but some patients will have to pay for related drugs
Draft plans on terminations also call for conscientious objectors to opt out in 'timely manner'

Dec 14, 108
Martin Wall, Jennifer Bray

Patients not covered by medical cards who receive abortion services will have to pay for the cost of pain relief drugs and antibiotics under draft proposals for a new model of care.

The draft document, dated December 14th, says that while termination of pregnancy services will be provided universally free of charge, those without medical cards will have to pay for drug costs and those with the card will be subject to a prescription charge.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortions-will-be-free-but-some-patients-will-have-to-pay-for-related-drugs-1.3731994

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Ireland – Varadkar attacks left for making ‘pariahs’ of the religious

Varadkar attacks left for making ‘pariahs’ of the religious
Taoiseach’s confirms State-funded hospitals must provide abortion services

June 12, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at socialist parties and groups in the Dáil, accusing them of wanting to “turn religious people into pariahs”.

He made the claim as he confirmed that all publicly funded hospitals will be required to provide abortion services once legislation is enacted in the Oireachtas.

Solidarity TD Mick Barry asked would abortion services be provided by the new national maternity hospital to be built in the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, “a campus controlled by a company with a board dedicated to a Catholic ethos”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/varadkar-attacks-left-for-making-pariahs-of-the-religious-1.3528463

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