Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD has welcomed confirmation from Minister for Health, James Reilly that ‘there is no plan to close maternity hospitals’.
Minister Perry was speaking following what he termed as the “ false speculation that Sligo Regional Hospital was to lose their maternity services”.
“I welcome Minister Reilly’s confirmation that maternity services will not be lost in Sligo Regional Hospital,” he told the Leitrim Observer.
“Recent reports that some hospitals within the West/Northwest region, including Sligo Regional Hospital, were purely speculative and have caused huge concern for patients and staff in Sligo. These reports refer to a review that arises from the implementation of the recommendations of the HIQA report into the death of Savita Halappanavar.
“Minister Reilly has confirmed that ‘the development of the National Maternity Strategy will determine the optimal configuration of maternity services to ensure that women in Ireland have access to safe, high quality maternity care in a setting most appropriate to their needs’. This will help us to identify how we can improve the quality and safety of care provided to women and their babies, to ensure women in Ireland have access to safe maternity care in a setting most appropriate to their needs.”