Press Release, Irish Midwives Association, 20th December 2016
Care in our national maternity services
At the time of Savita Halappanavar’s death in 2012, then Minister for Health James Reilly declared that despite the tragedy, our maternity services were amongst ‘the best and safest’ in the world. When the HIQA report on the issues surrounding Savita’s death was issued in 2013, the Minister said the report was ‘very disturbing’ and that our maternity services needed a new national plan which would be pursued ‘with urgency’.
The ‘urgency’ was never urgent enough.