Harty, Michael

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, ...More Button

I invite the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland to make its opening statement.More Button

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 ...More Button

Does Professor Kenny wish to answer some of the questions posed?More Button

I thank Professor Kenny.More Button

I thank Dr. Boylan.More Button

I thank Dr. Lynch and call Ms Breda Kerans.More Button

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...More Button

There is a little frisson of political uncertainty around this morning so members might be distracted.More Button

I get a sense that members are anxious to go.More Button

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...More Button

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...More Button

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.More Button

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.More Button

The joint committee adjourned at 11.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 22 February 2017.More Button