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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Holles St adds voice to calls for legislative clarity

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Published 16/11/2012 | 05:00

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THE master of the country's largest maternity hospital has added her voice to calls for greater legislative clarity on when doctors can intervene to protect a pregnant woman's life.

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Dr Rhona Mahony, master of Holles St in Dublin, said there needed to be more guidance for doctors on when to intervene when the probability of a risk to the mother's life leaves them in a grey area.

Dr Mahony was commenting in the wake of the death of Sativa Halappanavar in Galway hospital after suffering a miscarriage and suspected septicaemia.

"I think everybody needs to be protected, the women of Ireland need to be protected, they need to know that they are going to get the appropriate health care that they need.

"I think the doctors giving that health care need to know that they are also protected in their ability to do their job."

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