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Report into the Midwifery Led Unit in Cavan Hospital is expected next month

Aug 17, 2020 07:08 By News Northern Sound
Report into the Midwifery Led Unit in Cavan Hospital is expected next month Report into the Midwifery Led Unit in Cavan Hospital is expected next month
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The report into the Midwifery Led Unit in Cavan Hospital is expected next month. The Minister for Health requested the report after it was revealed

The report into the Midwifery Led Unit in Cavan Hospital is expected next month.

The Minister for Health requested the report after it was revealed the RCSI Hospitals Group was planning on closing the Unit - which is one of only two in the country.

It was revealed in June that the hospital group planned to close the MLU and merge it with the existing consultant-led unit.

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The news was met with concern from unions and the local community and was questioned by the Minister for Health and HSE.

The RCSI Hospitals Group has said the unit will remain operational but has not denied it was planning the merger.

A briefing document prepared for the new Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the Department is concerned at reports of the closure.

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Emails released to Northern Sound News under the freedom of information act show despite the Minister requesting a report into the situation by mid-June, RCSI Hospitals CEO Ian Carter said it would not be delivered until September.

A spokesperson for the Department said once it’s received it “will work with the National Women & Infants Health Programme to ensure that any additional supports which are required to secure the future of community midwifery services in Cavan, will be put in place”.

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