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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Concerns as Irish abortion services start

Concerns as Irish abortion services start

By Leanna Byrne BBC News NI
3 January 2019

Seven months and nine days ago, 1.4 million people in Ireland voted to remove its anti-abortion laws.

What (Taoiseach) Irish PM Leo Varadkar called a "quiet revolution", had culminated with a day when the Eighth Amendment was repealed.

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris hailed the passing of the legislation as a "new era for Irish women".

continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46737593

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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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