HSE looks to recruit clinical lead for abortion services rollout
Nine months after service introduced part-time two-year position to be filled
Mon, Sep 2, 2019
Paul Cullen Health Editor
The Health Service Executive is seeking to recruit a clinical lead for abortion, nine months after the service was introduced.
The person appointed will be tasked with the rollout of termination of pregnancy services to all 19 maternity units, and nationally in GP surgeries and other community settings.
Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place
The HSE has said that “service demand remains within the predicted limits” in relation to abortion services.
Apr 20, 2019
THERE ARE 10 maternity units providing abortion services out of a total of 19 units across the country, over three months after Ireland’s abortion laws have been legalised.
The HSE has said that nine maternity units had provided abortion services from the start of this year, and that one additional maternity unit had since begun to offer the service.
Anti-abortion activist vows to fight HSE over website
Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Caroline O'Doherty
The anti-abortion campaigner ordered by the High Court to stop using a website with a name similar to the HSE’s abortion advice service has said he will counter-sue the HSE for unlawful claim on the title.
Eamonn Murphy is temporarily injuncted from using the phrase “my options” — the name used by the HSE — but he has set up a new website, using the words ‘my abortion choices’.
Anti-abortion activist faces legal action over new website
February 11 2019
An anti-abortion activist is facing a legal challenge from a British abortion provider after he set up a website using a similar name.
Eamonn Murphy, who runs an unregulated Dublin crisis pregnancy agency which has given out misleading advice, had already been sent a cease and desist letter by the HSE after setting up a website under the same name as the official My Options crisis pregnancy phone line.
Day on which abortion services become legal described as ‘historic day’ for Ireland
Department of Health and HSE websites updated to carry details on available services
Jan 1, 2019
Harry McGee Political Corresondent
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was one of many public figures who on Tuesday welcomed the introduction of legal abortion services in Ireland.
Mr Varadkar said January 1st, 2019, would be marked as the day in which “abortion services become legally available in Ireland”.
HSE will need extra 155 staff to provide abortion services in Ireland next year
The free abortion services will create an additional strain on the service, according to the HSE
By Aakanksha Surve
28 DEC 2018
An extra 155 staff will be needed for the HSE to provide abortion services next year, it has been revealed.
The free abortion services will create an additional strain on the service, according to the latest HSE strategy.
HSE launches website with information on abortion services
The HSE has launched a website with information on abortion services in Ireland.
It comes after President Michael D Higgins signed the legislation to allow for abortion services in Ireland to be put into law on Thursday.
The myoptions.ie section of the HSE website details information on how to get an abortion, abortion methods, aftercare and the possible risks involved.
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.
'Growing number' of GPs sign up for abortion service
December 13 2018
The HSE is getting a "steady return" of contracts from GPs applying to provide a medical abortion service from January, it was claimed yesterday.
A HSE spokeswoman said the "number is increasing on a daily basis".
It is still unclear how many GPs will be ready to deliver the service from the start of next month, but potentially several hundred may have signed up.
Abortion service to use private firms for ultrasound facilities
HSE seeks tenders to furnish ultrasound due to length of public health system waiting lists
Sat, Dec 1, 2018
Private firms are to be used to provide scans for women as part of the provision of abortion services from next year, due to long waiting lists in the public health system.
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has asked private operators to tender for the provision of all forms of ultrasound at 12 sites across the country. Part of this service will relate to maternal care, including scans ordered by GPs for women seeking a termination of pregnancy, it is understood.