Obstetrician appointed as HSE clinical lead for abortion
The HSE has appointed a clinical lead for the termination of pregnancy services now legal following the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
Health Minister Simon Harris welcomed the appointment of Dr Aoife Mullally to the role.
Dr Mullally was described as "a leading figure in obstetrics and gynaecology" and "a leading advocate for improvement in maternity services and woman-centred healthcare".
She has previously worked as lead consultant for the labour ward in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.
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"I wish Dr Mullally all the best in her role as clinical lead of termination of pregnancy services and look forward to working with her as part of the HSE team," Mr Harris said.
"When we introduced termination of pregnancy services last year, we acknowledged this was a service that would take time to embed and evolve."
He said Dr Mullaly's appointment was a significant step in this regard.
"It is a priority for Government that termination of pregnancy services are provided as a normal part of the Irish health care system, in an accessible and safe environment."
In her new role, Dr Mullally will provide clinical leadership for the ongoing implementation of termination services.
Mr Harris said it was a year since termination of pregnancy services began.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank the HSE for its work and those working in MyOptions.
"I also want to particularly thank our colleagues in general practice.
"When we started this service, we had fewer than 170 GPs but this has doubled to over 340. All our maternity hospitals are providing termination of pregnancy care. Ten are providing the full range of services.
"Throughout 2020, we want to expand the service further," he added.