Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Ceisteanna (789)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

789. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the details of the reproductive services available in County Sligo; the steps his Department is taking to address gaps in services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6700/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the Deputy will be aware, under the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 services for termination of pregnancy are available in this country in both hospital and community settings.

Terminations up to 9 weeks of pregnancy are provided in the community setting by General Practitioners. Terminations up to 12 weeks of pregnancy are currently available in 10 maternity hospitals. My Department continues to engage with the HSE’s National Women & Infants Health Programme in relation to plans for the further rollout of termination services in additional maternity hospitals.

There is regular ongoing engagement between my Department and the HSE to facilitate the smooth-running of the service and to resolve any issues that may arise.

As the Deputy has requested details of the services available in County Sligo, which is a service issue, I have referred his question to the HSE for answer as soon as possible.