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Maternity hospitals can’t guarantee abortion services will be ready

Dublin’s maternity hospitals are unable to guarantee that they will provide termination of pregnancy services from the beginning of January, as promised by Minister for Health Simon Harris

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

10th December, 2018
National Maternity Hospital Holles Street can not lay out precise timetable on termination of pregnancy services. Pic:

In a statement, the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street said it could not “lay out a precise timetable at this point”.

The statement clearly contradicts the health minister, who has insisted the health service was prepared. The Coombe and Rotunda Hospitals declined to confirm that they would be able to provide termination of pregnancy services from January 1.

In a statement, the Rotunda said it would comply with enacted legislation “providing the appropriate model...

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