CGH performs well in maternity services inspection but staffing issues highlighted

Staffing issues have been raised in an inspection of maternity services at Cavan General Hospital.

However, the facility performed well overall according to the health watchdog.

The Health Information and Quality Authority this morning published reports as part of its inspections of maternity services across the country.

In Cavan it found some issues with staffing, with it described as “a challenge”.

It has issues with the recruitment of staff to cover sick leave and with a lack of anaesthetic staff cover over night.

Head of Healthcare with HIQA Seán Egan explains more:

HIQA says hospital management provided assurances of the “controls” it has in place to manage the situation.

Cavan General Hospital was one of two hospitals in the country which has suitable infrastructure for the provision of maternity services.

However, David Miskell from the INMO said that midwives are being used to paper over the cracks in maternity services.

Speaking to The Wider View, he said midwives are working at unsustainable levels and is calling for an end to the HSE recruitment freeze.

He says the National Maternity Strategy, which would bring midwife staffing numbers to a level of no more than 29.5 births per midwife, must be implemented: