DOWNGRADING OF MATERNITY SERVICES AT CAVAN HOSPITAL FEARED

15 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

– UNION AND POLITICIANS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

The realignment of maternity services at Cavan General Hospital has prompted downgrading fears to be voiced by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and national political representatives in Cavan /Monaghan. Plans to merge the consultancy- operated maternity services at the hospital with the MLU or Midwifery Led Unit are understood to have commenced this week on foot of a recommendation from the governing RCSI Hospital Group. Fears have been expressed by the INMO that the midwifeled unit, one of only two in Ireland, will effectively be downgraded as the result of the changes.

“The INMO had previously been assured by the RCSI Hospital group management that full consultation would take place before any decisions on the future of the service were made,” the union said in a media release. “Despite this, it now appears that plans to downgrade the service are advancing.” Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan Pauline Tully said that “urgent clarity” was needed….

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