Ó Domhnaill calls for cross-party support for Donegal maternity services

Fianna Fáil has called on all public representatives in Co Donegal to stand up against the downgrading of maternity services in the West and North West regions.


This week, Seanad Éireann will vote on a Fianna Fáil motion condemning planned cuts to local maternity services. The motion highlights the fact that Ireland has the lowest number of obstetricians per number of patients in the OECD.  It calls for enhancement of obstetrician-led services at regional hospitals, rather than the dismantling of a crucial frontline health service.


It comes after a confidential HSE report, seen by Fianna Fáil last week, outlined plans to downgrade up to four maternity units in the West and North West including, Sligo General, Letterkenny General, Mayo General and Portiuncula


Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill  has branded the plans as a “dangerous cost-cutting exercise that fails to consider the needs of Donegal patients.”


“This would mean that expectant mothers in Donegal would be forced to travel for hours round-trip just to see an obstetrician at UHG.  What happens in the case of an emergency?” asked Senator Ó Domhnaill.

“It is clear from this report that the Government and the HSE are strongly considering removing obstetrician led maternity services from our local hospital. Not only would this be a great inconvenience to patients in Sligo and Donegal, it would create dangerous gaps in what is an essential frontline health service in this county.


“This week Senators have the chance to stand up against plans to dismantle obstetrician led maternity services in this country.  There are growing fears that the plans we’ve seen in the HSE report on the West and North West are just the tip of the iceberg.  We cannot allow this crucial service be moved further and further away from patients.


“I am urging public representatives from all sides in Donegal and Sligo to make their voices heard on this issue.  Such significant downgrading of our local maternity services would set a dangerous precedent for the future of our frontline health services.”


Posted: May 27, 2014     |     Categories: Uncategorized