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 – About 20 women sought terminations on first working day of abortion service

About 20 women sought terminations on first working day of abortion service
Exact level of demand for abortion service will not be known for some weeks

Jan 2, 2019
Paul Cullen

The first consultations for women seeking an abortion have taken place since the service became legal on January 1st.

GPs, who have opted in to providing terminations, say they are aware of about 20 women from across the country who sought terminations on the first working day of the service on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/about-20-women-sought-terminations-on-first-working-day-of-abortion-service-1.3746230

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Ireland – Mother might still be alive but for Eighth Amendment – gynaecologist

Mother might still be alive but for Eighth Amendment – gynaecologist
Michelle Harte missed many weeks of cancer treatment due to Eighth – Prof Louise Kenny

May 13, 2018
Barry Roche

A gynaecologist has said a mother she had treated might still be alive if she had been able to obtain an abortion in Ireland.

Mother-of-one Michelle Harte might still be alive were it not for the Eighth Amendment having prevented her from obtaining a termination here when she was taking a new cancer therapy and was in remission, Prof Louise Kenny said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mother-might-still-be-alive-but-for-eighth-amendment-gynaecologist-1.3493958

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