What about the promises?
Published 12/10/2010 | 05:00
The HSE promised it would "put in place immediate measures to ensure that the decision to use drugs or surgical intervention in women who have had a miscarriage diagnosed must be approved by a consultant obstetrician".
The HSE says all 19 maternity units across the country -- both public and private -- now follow the recommendations made in June, and a consultant obstetrician signs off on a miscarriage diagnosis before abortive drugs are given or surgery carried out.
A guidance document on how to manage early pregnancy loss in hospitals is being drawn up.
The HSE says the document, an undertaking by Professor Michael Turner of the HSE's Obstetrics and Gynaecology Programme and the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, will be completed by early 2011. It will then be distributed to all hospitals.