Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed a progress update from the RCSI group, which confirms that interviews for consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist posts are scheduled to take place this month.

Under the contract, these consultants will have dedicated hours at Cavan General Hospital, to ensure that 20 week anomaly scans can be offered to pregnant women attending the hospital’s maternity unit.

Deputy Smyth commented, “The provision of anomaly scans is standard practice at the country’s dedicated maternity hospitals in Dublin and Cork, however smaller maternity units, such as the one at Cavan General Hospital, do not offer the imaging service.  This has been a source of much anxiety for parents across Cavan and Monaghan, who have had to travel to Dublin if they wanted to have the scan carried out.

“I have been in constant correspondence with the Minister for Health and the RCSI group to ensure that anomaly scans would be made available at Cavan General Hospital.  Following a meeting with the Master of the Rotunda Hospital Mr. Fergal Malone to press the importance of these scans for women attending Cavan General, it was confirmed that a recruitment campaign was being launched to employ four OB/GYN consultants within the RCSI group, all of whom would be contracted for a number of hours every week at Cavan General Hospital.

“I am pleased that the shortlisting process for these posts is now complete.  The RCSI has confirmed to me that interviews are scheduled to take place this month.  I am hopeful that these positions will be filled without delay that anomaly scans can be rolled out at Cavan General Hospital, before the end of the year”.