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Health Strategies

Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (198)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor


198. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the revised Implementation Plan for the National Maternity Strategy. [59351/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

On November 19th, I welcomed the publication of the revised Implementation Plan for the National Maternity Strategy, covering the remaining period of the Strategy’s lifetime from 2021 to 2026.

In line with HIQA’s recommendation in its 2020 report into maternity services and considering experience and changes that have occurred since the launch of the National Maternity Strategy in 2016, the National Women & Infants Health Programme (NWIHP) revised the original National Maternity Strategy’s Implementation Plan. Significant progress has already been made in implementing the Strategy since its launch in 2016, including the development of the Supported Care Pathway, increased availability of community-based midwifery care and increased access to specialist medical services.

The revised Plan sets out in detail the roadmap to ensure the National Maternity Strategy is implemented in full within the timeframe originally intended. It presents clearly all outstanding actions, their status and the timeframe required for completion, all within the remaining period of the Strategy’s lifetime.