Criticism over MLU roll-out delay

In a debate on the National Maternity Strategy, Deputy Pauline Tully, voiced her frustration at a lack of progress in relation to the rollout of Midwifery Led Units (MLUs)throughout the state.

“The recommendations in HIQA’s Maternity Overview Report found a lack of clarity and national leadership within the HSE regarding the responsibility for implementing the National Maternity Strategy,” the Sinn Féin TD said.

Yet despite commitments, midwifery-led services are still only available in two locations – Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and Cavan General Hospital.

“The commitments and promises made by this government and indeed this Minister with regard to the expansion of midwifery led services across all geographical locations must be delivered on. Women have waited too long for these commitments to be realised.”