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28/05/2014 [Motions] I move:
That Seanad Éireann -
noting –
- the deep disquiet about the proposed reconfiguration of obstetrician-led maternity services in the West/North West Hospitals Group following the emergence of a private and confidential Health Service Executive, HSE, report on the matter prepared b...
Vol-231 Book-10 Page [515]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Rightly so.[Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [516]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The chief executive of this hospital group, Mr. Bill Maher, has stated that people are very concerned and upset about this issue. That is correct, although people are not upset that a report labelled as private and confidential was exposed by me. They are concerned that in secret the Gov...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [516]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The Senator should check that fact.[Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [517]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I am using this report which has no status. It indicates we have the lowest number of obstetricians-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [517]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Exactly, it is not my report.[Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [517]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The Minister will get his opportunity to speak. With that in mind, we can consider how services function within the obligations under the working time directive and, arguably, the new consultant contract, as well as competition from abroad and elsewhere. More lucrative medical discipline...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [517]
28/05/2014 [Motions] That is terrible. It is shocking.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [518]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I would like the person in Ballyshannon to be able to have a baby delivered with the same access to obstetrician services as the people in Dublin. They are entitled to this. As it stands under the policy driven by the Minister, if a person has a heart attack in those locations, his or he...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [518]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Inspector Clouseau.[Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [518]
28/05/2014 [Motions] It proposes to downgrade these services. The people are entitled to be consulted and know what is being secretly planned by the Minister. I will speak again later.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [518]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I move amendment No. 1:
To delete all words after "That Seanad Éireann -" and substitute the following:
“noting -
- that the draft report on reconfiguration of maternity services in the West/North West Hospitals Group has no status other than that it may help inform the development of the...
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28/05/2014 [Motions] I second Senator Marc MacSharry’s motion. I compliment him on bringing the issue to the fore and highlighting the critical situation that might arise. I welcome the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, and thank him for coming to the House. I appreciate that he has always been avai...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [520]
28/05/2014 [Motions] [Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10
28/05/2014 [Motions] I welcome the Minister. I acknowledge the tremendous work undertaken by my colleague, Senator Marc MacSharry-----[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [525]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Members of the Government find it funny.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [526]
28/05/2014 [Motions] We do because he could have read the Dáil transcript and had it all.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [526]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I do not think the provision of a world-class maternity service is funny. It should be a priority for the Government. I do not understand why Government Senators would come into the House with smirks on their faces when we are raising serious issues which were raised throughout the...[Ó ...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [526]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Senator Marc MacSharry is so wrong.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [526]
28/05/2014 [Motions] These issues clearly are not being addressed today. I listened in my office to the response of the Minister. I have not received any reassuring comment on the provision of services, whether in Letterkenny General Hospital, Sligo, Mayo or Ballinasloe. I commend my colleague, Senator Marc...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [526]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I did.[Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [526]
28/05/2014 [Motions] What is meant in the wording of the Government counter-motion that the report has no status? Procurement issues arise, to which the Minister referred in the final lines of the first page of his address with regard to the commissioning of the report.
We would like to know who sanctioned ...
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28/05/2014 [Motions] Because it is rubbish.[Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [527]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Do not attack the person bringing the information to the table. Why did the Minister lay out the facts-----[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [527]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The information was on the table three months ago.[Reilly, James]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [527]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Why did the Minister not give a commitment here today that all of the services in the five units in the north and west hospitals will not only be retained but will be enhanced and the embargo on recruitment will be lifted to provide for extra midwives and obstetricians who are required?[Ó ...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [527]
28/05/2014 [Motions] There is no doubt this is a very serious matter. We are all agreed that improving maternity services for women in this country and for the birth of children is a key issue and there should be no disagreement about this. I welcome the fact there is a review of national maternity services. ...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [527]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I can multi-task.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [528]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I am delighted for the Senator.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [528]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Perhaps Senator Marc MacSharry might stick to a single issue.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [528]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I would place great faith in the managers, obstetricians and midwives of the hospitals that serve our communities because they have served them very well and will continue to serve them very well. I hope when the completed reports come to the Minister and the senior managers in the HSE, t...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [528]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Cuirim céad fáilte roimh an Aire. Táim an-sásta go bhfuil deis agam labhairt ar an rún seo.
We have heard the two sides of the argument but, to be honest, they are the two extremes. The truth is somewhere in the middle and I will outline what I mean. I speak from a certain amount of p...
Vol-231 Book-10 Page [529]
28/05/2014 [Motions] They will be consulted.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [529]
28/05/2014 [Motions] They may be, but they have not been properly consulted so far.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [529]
28/05/2014 [Motions] They will be.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [530]
28/05/2014 [Motions] They have raised these issues with me. It is a concern when one looks at the fact that the Portiuncula centre has won national and international awards for the type of service it provides. Quite a number of well known politicians from these Houses have availed of the services at Portiunc...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [530]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I welcome the Minister and thank him for his speech to which I listened intently in my office in the past few minutes.
I thank Fianna Fáil for bringing forward this motion in order that all the lies, untruths and misinformation that they and others have been spreading can be challenged a...
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28/05/2014 [Motions] Cod a young fellow also.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [531]
28/05/2014 [Motions] He was elected, but his colleague from the town was not, which is interesting.
However, it is extraordinary that in the middle of the election campaign, the HSE would have decided to make a presentation to the employees of Portiuncula Hospital presenting a so-called confidential report, ...
Vol-231 Book-10 Page [531]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I thank the Minister and welcome him to the House.
I am delighted to hear the Minister's commitment to women in this country, in particular, pregnant women in ensuring their safety in maternity units in our region. We have a fantastic maternity unit in Sligo General Hospital and also in...
Vol-231 Book-10 Page [532]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I see I have time to wind up and had thought there would have been a few more speakers on both sides.
First, Senator Susan O'Keeffe's research differs from mine, which is why the iPad is out. Ireland has the lowest number of obstetricians in the OECD and Greece has nine times as many....
Vol-231 Book-10 Page [532]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The report from the Senator's Government stated there would be 179 consultants by 2009.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [532]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I did not interrupt the Senator.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [532]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Senator Marc MacSharry to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [532]
28/05/2014 [Motions] What is under consideration is set out in black and white in the report which I am pleased to hear has no status. Senator Susan O'Keeffe who lost all her colleagues on Sligo County Council states it does have some status.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Fianna Fáil lost its seats-----[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Senator Marc MacSharry to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] He cannot help electioneering.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Senator Susan O'Keeffe states it has some status because she says-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The Senator destroys his good points by making nonsensical points.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I think the Senator did wish to speak after all. If he wishes, I can sit down again and conclude at the end.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] No, it is okay. The Senator should carry on, as Members are all ears.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Senator Marc MacSharry to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The Minister is now saying something that is extremely serious. In distancing himself from the report, he was saying he had nothing to do with it but clearly somebody commissioned the report. I wish to know who did so. Was it Mr. Bill Maher, the chief executive officer of the hospital g...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I remind the Senator that he should not refer to Members who are not here to defend themselves.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] In fairness, I am entitled to use privilege from time to time and when it comes to someone who was responsible for many billions of euro of the public's money and wasting it, I will use his or her name as often as is necessary. I have no apology to make to anybody for bringing into the pu...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The Senator should calm down a little.[Gilroy, John]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Does the Senator think this report would have seen the light of day? Do Senators Michael Mullins, Susan O'Keeffe and Imelda Henry think its existence would have been brought to their attention at their respective parliamentary party meetings, had I not brought it out into the public domai...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [533]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Now they are blaming someone in the hospital group.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Senator Marc MacSharry to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Johnny come lately.[Henry, Imelda]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] While someone within the hospital group is being blamed, I want to know his or her name. How much did the Health Partnership group get for this report that has no status but which scares the people of the north west? Of course it scares us all and we are distraught to think that in secre...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The Senator could ask the HSE representatives and they will tell him. He should turn up to a meeting and have a conversation with them.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Senator Marc MacSharry should conclude.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I am just concluding-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I am at a loss to understand how-----[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I must put the question. Senator Marc MacSharry is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] The people-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] We have been told about this report at every meeting in the north west in the last six months.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] I think the Senator has spoken already.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] Please, Senator O'Keeffe. Will Senator Marc MacSharry, please, conclude?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
28/05/2014 [Motions] To conclude the debate, the Minister's speech, the contributions of his colleagues and the amendment fall short of an assurance that each of these centres will continue to have obstetrician-led maternity services. The people of the north west are entitled to better and as I stated in resp...Vol-231 Book-10 Page [534]
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