Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the professional body that oversees education and training for obstetricians and gynaecologists in Ireland, has welcomed today’s report from HIQA on the sustainability of the national maternity services. Dr Murphy also emphasised the need to increase the number of doctors and midwives employed in maternity services to improve the care of women. Dr Murphy also emphasised the need to increase the number of doctors and midwives employed in maternity services to improve the care of women. She said; “Ireland continues to have one of the lowest number of consultant obstetricians per population in Europe with many unfilled posts. This matter needs to be urgently addressed.
We oversee a formal training pathway for obstetricians with a defined curriculum. There are currently 152 doctors on our training programmes in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. As part of this training, mandatory courses are provided in clinical obstetrics including intrapartum skills and CTG interpretation. The assessments as part of this programme involve logbooks, case-based discussions, trainer feedback and Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills. Compliance with training is formally evaluated annually. We also offer courses to doctors who are not on our training programmes. Both doctors on our training programmes in Obstetricians and Gynaecology and Consultant Obstetricians/Gynaecologists participate in skills-based multidisciplinary training throughout their careers.
Dr Cliona MurphyChair, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Dr Murphy also stated that the Institute fully supported the implementation of the National Maternity Strategy. “ We will continue to work with our colleagues in midwifery, other stakeholders in healthcare and our patients to improve the quality and accessibility of services for women” she said.