Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Ceisteanna (918)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

918. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the estimated additional cost of ensuring each maternity hospital has access to foetal anomaly screening, including a breakdown in terms of equipment and staff. [18093/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The National Maternity Strategy is very clear that all women must have equal access to standardised ultrasound services.  The Strategy is being implemented on a phased basis and this work is being led by the National Women and Infants Health Programme.  The Programme's Implementation Plan for the Strategy includes a number of actions to facilitate the provision by all maternity hospitals/units of dating and anomaly scans to all pregnant women.

In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy regarding access to anomaly scanning, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly.