Sunday 4 December 2016

The national scandal of our maternity services

Published 16/02/2016 | 02:30

In the meantime, what are expectant mothers supposed to do? Are they to wait three years to give birth?
In the meantime, what are expectant mothers supposed to do? Are they to wait three years to give birth?

'Chairman, there's women I know waiting 12 months to get a bed in the maternity ward."

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The legendary utterance of a local councillor at a health board meeting in the late 1990s, which extended pregnancies by a good three months, springs to mind when considering the plight of expectant mothers heading into the National Maternity Hospital.

Holles Street hospital, the busiest in the country, sees almost 10,000 babies delivered every year.

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