Fianna Fáil Press Office
Mary Fitzpatrick
Dublin Central

15 February 2016

Govt must prioritise maternity services – Fitzpatrick

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin Central Mary Fitzpatrick is calling for the maternity services in Dublin city to be made a priority by the next Government and she is urging all women and mothers to vote for female candidates to make this happen.

“The de facto male monopoly of our parliament means that the only time pregnancy and maternity services are discussed by the political establishment is when there is a crisis. This must change,” urged Ms Fitzpatrick.

Her call comes following the publication of a HIQA report which stated that Holles Street maternity hospital suffers from overcrowding and poor hygiene. The hospital has said that nothing can be done about the overcrowding due to space restrictions. HIQA referenced multiple examples of poor hygiene. The maternity hospital will move to new facilities in 2018.

Just last month the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar launched Ireland’s first National Maternity Strategy – Creating a Better Future Together – which was described as ‘a roadmap for the improvement of services over the next ten years.’

The Strategy was established ‘to build on the good maternity services we already have in Ireland and restore confidence in them by raising quality and making them as safe as possible across all units, and by creating a partnership approach with expectant mothers.’ “This has not happened and is far from the case,” maintains Ms Fitzpatrick.

“It is unacceptable in a modern capital city that expectant mothers and maternity staff are struggling to safely deliver babies in outdated, antiquated and sub-standard facilities,” she added.