Midwifery Led Unit review due

A review concerning the future of the Midwidery Led Unit (MLU) at Cavan General Hospital, due for completion at the end of September, was still being finalised and had not yet been furnished to the Minister for Health.

“The report regarding the Midwifery Led Unit in Cavan has not yet been received,” a spokesperson for the Department informed The Anglo-Celt.

They did not state, despite being asked, whether it was the Minister’s intention to make public any recommendations arising from the review, conducted within the RCSI Hospital Group.

The review came about following a move to merge the MLU in Cavan with consultant-led services at the local hospital earlier this year.

No new cases were to be admitted to the Cavan MLU from June 1. But, within a matter of days, and following public outcry at the decision, the proposal to merge services was put on “pause”.

The MLU at Cavan General is one of only two MLUs in the country, alongside Drogheda.

The review established was to ‘consider’ the necessary enhancements of models of care within the hospital’s maternity units, and also ‘devise an implementation plan’ for additional needs if required.