Rotunda chief warns of lives at risk

The lives of pregnant women and their babies are at risk because of lack of investment in maternity services, the head of the country's biggest maternity hospital has warned. Sam Coulter-Smith, th

13th November, 2011
Sam Coulter-Smith, Master of the Rotunda Hospital: 'A baby or a mother will die simply because we are so busy'. Photo: Feargal Ward

The lives of pregnant women and their babies are at risk because of lack of investment in maternity services, the head of the country's biggest maternity hospital has warned.

Sam Coulter-Smith, the Master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, said he was concerned that the hospital's resources were so stretched that a "bad outcome" was a real possibility.

The hospital was designed to handle about 6,500 births a year, but is handling almost 10,000 deliveries annually.

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