Ireland – Master of Coombe says hospital not ready to provide abortion services

Master of Coombe says hospital not ready to provide abortion services

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

The Coombe Hospital will not be ready to provide abortion services by the start of January, according to the Master of the hospital, Dr Sharon Sheehan.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Dr Sheehan said she would advise Minister for Health Simon Harris to delay the introduction of services until February or March.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2018/1211/1016557-abortion/

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Ireland – ‘Doctors divided as HSE rushes to tick boxes on abortion’

Maeve Sheehan: 'Doctors divided as HSE rushes to tick boxes on abortion'
Pressure is mounting for the January 1 start date for termination services to be put back

Maeve Sheehan
December 9 2018

There are 22 days to go before the roll-out of abortion services on January 1. It should be a historic occasion when the overwhelming support shown by Irish voters for a woman's right to choose becomes reality.

But as the deadline looms, disquiet among some doctors that it is ambitious to the point of being unsafe has grown louder.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/maeve-sheehan-doctors-divided-as-hse-rushes-to-tick-boxes-on-abortion-37607881.html

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Abortion in Ireland: A guide to how it will work

Abortion in Ireland: A guide to how it will work
Everything you need to know before the planned introduction of termination services

Dec 7, 2018
Paul Cullen

With just three weeks to go before the planned introduction of abortion in Ireland, there remains widespread scepticism among health professionals that the deadline of January 1st will be met. The legislation to give effect to the measure still has to complete its passage through the Oireachtas and questions about resources and supports have still to be fully answered. The thorny issue of conscientious objection also looms large for many doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and existing Medical Council ethical guidelines governing the medical profession will not be revised in time for the deadline.

Notwithstanding these considerable doubts, the Government and in particular Minister for Health Simon Harris has made the provision of abortion by the start of next month an absolute priority. At this point, it therefore seems likely the service will begin as planned in the New Year.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-in-ireland-a-guide-to-how-it-will-work-1.3724020

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Ireland – Delaying tactics on abortion legislation must end – O’Connell

Delaying tactics on abortion legislation must end – O’Connell

4th December 2018
Kate O'Connell, TD

The delaying tactics employed in the Oireachtas on the abortion debate must come to an end, a Fine Gael TD has said.

Deputy Kate O’Connell, who was a member of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, said it is time to give the 66.4% of people who voted Yes the change they voted for.

Continued: https://www.finegael.ie/delaying-tactics-on-abortion-legislation-must-end-oconnell/

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Ireland – Conscientious objection: GP abortion meeting ‘bitter, chaotic, uncivil’

Conscientious objection: GP abortion meeting ‘bitter, chaotic, uncivil’
Dozens of doctors walked out of event claiming ‘serious crisis’ over abortion services

Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Paul Cullen

Bitter, chaotic, uncivil and vitriolic are just some of the words used by doctors to describe the stormy extraordinary general meeting of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) that took place behind closed doors on Sunday.

The meeting highlighted deep divisions within the medical profession on abortion (no less than in the rest of society) and on the specific issue of conscientious objection.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/conscientious-objection-gp-abortion-meeting-bitter-chaotic-uncivil-1.3718864

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Ireland – Medical staff given outside help to prepare for legalised abortion

Medical staff given outside help to prepare for legalised abortion

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
December 3 2018

The World Health Organisation is to teach Irish doctors and examine their beliefs about abortion.

The initiative, to help prepare them for providing legal terminations from next month, comes as the Department of Health asked the HSE to make sure abortion services would be available in all 19 maternity hospitals from January.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/medical-staff-given-outside-help-to-prepare-for-legalised-abortion-m8nm0kwg9

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Ireland – Harris insists abortion services will be ready despite doctors’ concerns

Harris insists abortion services will be ready despite doctors’ concerns

Catherine Sanz, Ireland Reporter
November 27 2018

Simon Harris has rejected claims by doctors that abortion services will not be ready by early next year.

The health minister said that some GPs had taken issue with the January deadline for the introduction of medical abortion through pills provided by a GP. He said that many other doctors had “said things exactly to the contrary”.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/harris-insists-abortion-services-will-be-ready-despite-doctors-concerns-dffhgn2np

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Ireland – GPs body warns abortion services will ‘fall short of what women deserve’

GPs body warns abortion services will 'fall short of what women deserve'

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
By Stephen Rogers

A representative body for GPs has warned abortion services here will "fall short of what women deserve" with a number of key issues either unaddressed or in need of clarity.

“Many questions remain as to how GPs will be expected to provide a safe abortion service for the women of Ireland," said NAGP president Dr Maitiu O' Tuathail.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/gps-body-warns-abortion-services-will-fall-short-of-what-women-deserve-886601.html

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Ireland – GPs have now agreed abortion fee – but where’s the training?’

Eilish O'Regan: 'GPs have now agreed abortion fee - but where's the training?'

Eilish O'Regan
November 17 2018

GPs agreed to a €450 fee for a medical abortion this week, despite not yet being trained in how to deliver the service.

It's one of the many hurdles to overcome with just six weeks to go to the introduction of a far-reaching abortion regime we could not have forecast a year ago.

The medical abortions, involving three visits to the GP and two medications, will be free to women who are up to nine weeks pregnant. GPs, who will be paid by the HSE per patient, will be written to next week asking them if they are interested in participating.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/eilish-oregan-gps-have-now-agreed-abortion-fee-but-wheres-the-training-37537649.html

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Ireland – Abortion: Wait rather than risk a tragedy

Abortion: Wait rather than risk a tragedy

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Government hopes to pass abortion legislation before Christmas and Taoiseach Leo Varadakar has said he is confident the Government’s timeline to have pregnancy termination services available in January 2019 can be met.

Those are both big asks as the process of setting up the service has already met a number of hurdles. In the first instance, there remains a cohort of TDs and senators opposed to introducing abortion services here and they will do anything they can to stop or delay it.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/ourview/abortion-wait-rather-than-risk-a-tragedy-885875.html

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