Members of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists held an EGM on Wednesday, 9 January.
Members had a good discussion, with some expressing concerns about the preparedness in the ground for providing abortion care. This new service is still evolving and will take time to fully implement. Responsibility for implementation lies with the HSE. It is essential that appropriate resources to support clinicians involved in our hospitals is provided.
Dr Cliona MurphyChair, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has no role, authority or responsibility in the actual delivery of obstetric and gynaecological services which is the remit of the HSE. Members of the Institute are entitled to express an opinion as to the implementation of new services, and in particular the safety and readiness of such new services, and it is entirely appropriate for members to convene a meeting of the Institute to discuss these matters formally.
The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is the national professional and training body for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Ireland. It has developed guidelines and provided training for members ahead of the introduction of abortion services on January 1 2019. Members will already be familiar with procedures and medications as part of their medical training in this specialty of medicine. Implementation of the legislation will require ongoing training and education.
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