Urgent review needed for our maternity services
IT is now almost a year to the day since the country's patient safety watchdog warned that a lack of information about maternity services means it is not possible to provide assurances about their quality and safety.
The blunt statement was made by Phelim Quinn, who is now acting head of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), when he was launching its report on the death of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway.
He revealed that some maternity units have not even provided annual reports to give basic statistics and reveal how and why any babies or mothers died in their care. Maternity services have existed largely under the radar until the case of Savita and earlier this year revelations of four similar baby deaths in Portlaoise hospital since 2006.