Thursday, 16 February 2017
Joint Committee on Health Debate
National Maternity Strategy: Discussion (Resumed)
The purpose of this morning's meeting is to engage with representatives from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, AIMS, ...
I invite the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland to make its opening statement.
I thank the witnesses for their opening statements. I will now ask members of the committee to submit their questions. The first group is Senator Colm Burke, Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, and ...
Does Professor Kenny wish to answer some of the questions posed?
I thank Professor Kenny.
I thank Dr. Boylan.
I thank Dr. Lynch and call Ms Breda Kerans.
I thank Ms Kerans. Before I bring in Deputies Kate O'Connell and Bernard Durkan, I have a number of questions for the witnesses. Surely the 20-week scan is a medical necessity rather than an opti...
There is a little frisson of political uncertainty around this morning so members might be distracted.
I get a sense that members are anxious to go.
I will go back to the issue of autonomy in relation to the management of maternity units. It is an issue that has been brought up on many occasions in regard to all our hospital services, that the...
If the institute would prepare a paper, it would be wonderful. I am not sure if that committee has space. It is going to produce its report at the end of April. I thank the witness for his insig...
On behalf of the committee, I thank Professor Louise Kenny, Dr. Peter Boylan, Dr. Krysia Lynch and Ms Breda Kerans, for giving evidence on the national maternity strategy.
As there is no other business, the joint committee is adjourned until next Wednesday when the Minister and the HSE will be in for the quarterly meeting.
The joint committee adjourned at 11.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.