Sunday October 25, 2020

Women have spoken; time for Leo to listen

The National Maternity Strategy, created in public consultation with HSE service users and launched nearly two years ago, has still not been implemented, writes Dr Krysia Lynch

20th August, 2017
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with baby Jace O’Rourke: as health minister, he made big promises to improve maternity care, but has yet to deliver Picture: Rollingnews

Almost 18 months ago, I sat down to a small dinner at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). On my left was the then Minister of Health, now Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

The occasion? A celebration of the launch of the National Maternity Strategy (NMS) for Ireland 2016-2026.

Also present were my 30 colleagues from the NMS Steering Group, who had met regularly and frequently for the previous ten months to derive a multifaceted strategy...

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