Ireland – No abortion service being provided in four counties

No abortion service being provided in four counties
Not a single GP in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly signs up to the new service

Sat, Jan 5, 2019
Paul Cullen

No abortions are being provided in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly because not a single GP in the four counties has signed up to the new service.

At the end of the first week since abortion became legal, the number of GPs who have agreed to perform medical abortions has risen to 200, from 187 on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/no-abortion-service-being-provided-in-four-counties-1.3748059

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Ireland – Not all ‘confirmed’ hospitals ready to provide abortion service

Not all ‘confirmed’ hospitals ready to provide abortion service
HSE warns hospitals not to restrict services to women from their catchment area

Jan 3, 2019
Paul Cullen

The number of hospitals providing abortions is lower than the nine officially announced in the run-up to the introduction of the service.

Of the maternity units in the State, nine were “confirmed” as being ready to provide the service, Government sources told journalists before Christmas. Another 10 were not ready.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/not-all-confirmed-hospitals-ready-to-provide-abortion-service-1.3747176

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Ireland – Abortion: 162 GPs enough to end need to travel abroad – Harris

Abortion: 162 GPs enough to end need to travel abroad – Harris
Thirty doctors signed up do not want HSE to give their details out to avoid being targeted

Dec 29, 2018
Colm Keena, Jennifer Bray, Patsy McGarry

The 162 doctors signed up to provide abortion services in the State will “be enough” to ensure that women do not have to go abroad to terminate a pregnancy after January 1st, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

An uneven geographic spread of services will be available from Tuesday, when GPs can begin prescribing the abortion pill to women up to nine weeks into a pregnancy and hospitals can provide terminations up to 12 weeks. However, there are two counties where no GP has signed up to the service.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/abortion-162-gps-enough-to-end-need-to-travel-abroad-harris-1.3743390

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Ireland – Health Minister to ban protests at abortion providers

Health Minister to ban protests at abortion providers

Friday, December 28, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin

The Government hopes to fast-track the introduction of safe access zones to prevent protests outside hospitals and clinics that provide abortion services.

Health Minister Simon Harris had hoped to pass legislation to ban such demonstrations in tandem with the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill, which will come into force from January 1.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/health-minister-to-ban-protests-at-abortion-providers-894311.html

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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 – Health minister says it is ‘sad’ that exclusion zones are required around maternity hospitals

Latest: Health minister says it is 'sad' that exclusion zones are required around maternity hospitals

21/06/2018

The Health Minister says it is unacceptable that maternity hospitals have to issue warnings about graphic images outside their buildings.

It is after The Rotunda tweeted to let people know that there was an anti-abortion protest taking place last week and that it had notified Gardaí.

Continued: https://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/latest-health-minister-says-it-is-sad-that-exclusion-zones-are-required-around-maternity-hospitals-850243.html

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