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Statement: National Maternity Strategy - Jan 2016


Statement from The Rotunda Hospital on the launch of the National Maternity Strategy, Creating a Better Future Together, 2016-2026

27 January 2016, Dublin - The Rotunda Hospital welcomes the publication of the ten-year National Maternity Strategy, Creating a Better Future Together, by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, today.

            “We welcome the commitment by the Government to invest in capacity development, placing greater emphasis on patient safety and quality, and that maternity services will be woman-centred, with the patient provided with integrated, team-based care,” said Prof. Fergal Malone, Master of The Rotunda Hospital.

            “The recognition in the Strategy for increasing the numbers of midwife and consultant obstetricians within a more integrated network of maternity care across all 19 maternity units is essential to providing women with safe, quality-led maternity care, and encourages those already working hard at the frontline of maternity services in challenging conditions.”

Prof. Malone said that the objective that all women should have equal access to standardised ultrasound services, to accurately date the pregnancy, and to assess the foetus for ultrasound detectable anomalies is another welcome development.

The management and board of The Rotunda Hospital look forward to working with the new National Women & Infants’ Health Programme.  It is committed to helping develop and implement the Strategy in its role as the leading maternity, neonatology and gynaecology services provider within the RCSI Hospitals Group.

ENDS

Media queries: Dermot McCrum, O87-2598 218, dmccrum@strandcommunications.ie


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