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Report into Cavan maternity services delayed again

Oct 7, 2020 12:10 By News Northern Sound
Report into Cavan maternity services delayed again Report into Cavan maternity services delayed again
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The report into maternity services at Cavan Hospital has been delayed again. Then Health Minister Simon Harris requested it after it emerged the RCSI Hospitals

The report into maternity services at Cavan Hospital has been delayed again.

Then Health Minister Simon Harris requested it after it emerged the RCSI Hospitals Group planned a restructuring of services at the hospital.

In June news emerged the RCSI group planned to merge Cavan's Midwifery Led Unit with the Consultant Led unit.

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The MLU is one of only two in the country but Government policy outlines plans for their rollout across Ireland.

The news was greeted by surprise from the Minister, Department and HSE who were unaware of the plans for the unit.

Then Minister Simon Harris requested a report from the National Women and Infant Health Programme within the HSE, with input from the RCSI Group.

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That report was originally requested by mid-June but a more comprehensive review of the service was planned by the RCSI Group, meaning it wasn't expected to be completed until September.

However, Shannonside Northern Sound News has now learned the Department is still awaiting the report.

Went contacted for comment, the RCSI Hospitals Group said the review is now expected to be completed before the end of the year. It's not known what has led to the further delay.

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