Dr Gaffney was accompanied by Ms Deirdre Foley Woods of The Health Partnership, a specialist independent healthcare consultancy that has been retained by the West/North West Hospitals Group to help with the maternity services review. It was made very clear at that meeting that no decision has been made about the reconfiguration of services and staff were clearly advised that there are no planned closures of maternity services. Canavan says staff were also advised that the Puma Shoes Canvas Blue West/North West Hospitals Group will draw up a public engagement strategy to determine the level of support for midwifery led care in conjunction with existing obstetric services. A director of midwifery services, who will be appointed during the summer, will be responsible for co ordinating this public engagement strategy.
Mounting fears over future of Portiuncula maternity service
part of the stakeholder consultation with existing maternity hospital staff across the West/North West Hospitals Group that was agreed at the group February board meeting, Dr Geraldine Gaffney, clinical director of the group women and children directorate, met with maternity staff at Portiuncula Hospital on Friday 9 May. Puma Camouflage
When complete, the review of maternity services for the West/North West Hospitals Group will be considered as part of the broader national review of maternity services (as per the HIQA recommendations ), which will be led by the Department of Health with input from the HSE.
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mothers will now be forced to travel to Galway city to see an obstetrician. Many will have made plans to attend Portiuncula and are familiar with staff and the obstetrician at the hospital. They are now being left in limbo for two weeks while the Government waits for the elections to be over to make the announcement.
are made at the last minute to limit the damage caused while the stakeholders involved and affected are not consulted in this process. Ballinasloe badly needs to retain the maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital. believes closing down the service would have widespread repercussions for the area.
But the FF candidate insists that plans to down the maternity unit are at an advanced stage.
Speculation is mounting that maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe may be under threat as part of a new rationalisation plan being considered by the HSE West.
in the process is unhelpful and upsetting for patients and staff.
service reconfiguration options have been recommended or approved by the board of the West/North West Hospitals Group and that speculation at this stage is and for staff and patients.
However, the HSE West states that Puma Shoes Price List With Images
is completely unfair on expectant mothers and their families and it makes a mockery of the Government pledge before the last election to be open and transparent in all its decisions. Canavan, the chief operating officer for the West/ North West Hospitals Group, says be absolutely clear no services reconfiguration options have been recommended to or approved by the Board of the West/North West Hospitals Group or by the senior management of the group.
Donal Burke believes the HSE is waiting for the local elections to be held before officially announcing this and sneaky move is a sad reflection of the secret way this Government has gone about its business since it came to office, he says. is a shocking development and one which I will vehemently oppose. Downgrading maternity services with a view to shutting the maternity unit at Portiuncula Hospital represents another blatant attack by the Government on health services in Galway and the west.
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