Minister for Health James Reilly has said he has no plans to close maternity units including those in Letterkenny and Sligo.
His comments come after a HSE commissioned report suggested closing up to four obstetric units in the west and north-west. Dr. Reilly said the report had “no standing on its own”. He said staff-patient ratios in maternity units were far too high but there had to be an examination of the roles of those working in hospitals to determine how staff can be used better. “We must find ways to support staff using other staff so that we can provide the safest possible care for patients.”
Fianna Fáil MEP Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher said the report is causing great distress among many parents across the region. “It’s essential that the Minister for Health James Reilly steps in immediately to clarify what his plans are in relation to the future of maternity services in this region.”