Opinion Analysis

Wednesday 15 August 2018

Eilish O’Regan: Swift law-change under threat from service shortfalls

There are currently 4,383 women waiting for inpatient or day case gynaecological surgery, hundreds of whom are facing delays of more than a year. Stock image: PA Wire
There are currently 4,383 women waiting for inpatient or day case gynaecological surgery, hundreds of whom are facing delays of more than a year. Stock image: PA Wire

Eilish O’Regan

The swift rollout of planned abortion legislation is at risk of being hindered by shortfalls in the wider health service, it emerged yesterday.

There are basic deficiencies such as a lack of GPs and surgeries which are already overwhelmed with patients and no longer able to provide a same-day service.

Many family doctors, who would be willing to provide medical abortions, may have to opt out as a result.

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