Taoiseach must immediately clarify future of maternity services in North West

MaternityMayo Deputy Dara Calleary has called on the Taoiseach to immediately clarify reports
that maternity services could be removed from Mayo General Hospital, Sligo
General Hospital and Roscommon County Hospital.

A review of maternity services in the West/North West Hospital Group is reported
to call for a rationalisation of maternity services in the region, resulting in
the closure of three maternity units.  All maternity services in the region
would be provided by just two hospitals – University Hospital Galway and
Letterkenny General Hospital.

“This news is causing great shock and distress right across the region. The notion
that expectant mothers would have to travel from Mayo to Galway for maternity
services is simply outrageous.  People deserve clarification now on what exactly
is going on here,” said Deputy Calleary.

“I want the Taoiseach to immediately give assurances that there is no threat to
maternity services at Mayo General Hospital.  I want him to give assurances that
there will be no sweeping cuts to maternity services in the West/North West
region. We need clarification now on what exactly the Government planning here
and what impact it will have on maternity patients in this region.

“I will be raising this in the Dáil this afternoon.  What is being reported today
has potentially serious consequences for young families right across the West /
North West region.  They deserve answers from the Taoiseach and the Minister for
Health right now.”