What's this all about? I thought our maternity services were the envy of the world.Maternity co-location talks due
The KPMG Independent Review of Maternity and Gynaecology Services in greater Dublin, which was completed in 2008, noted that Dublins model of stand-alone maternity hospitals was not the norm internationally and recommended that the Dublin maternity hospitals should be co-located with adult acute services, and that one of the three new Dublin maternity facilities should be built on the site of the new national paediatric hospital. The intention has been that the National Maternity Hospital should be relocated to St Vincents, the Coombe to Tallaght, and the Rotunda to the Mater.
Surely they should be queuing up to follow our stand-alone model, instead of us copying a model which demonstrates poorer outcomes?
I mean, a UK expert said this. There is no higher authority in Ireland.'Dublin safest city in world for births' - irishhealth.com
Dr Keane, who finished his seven-year term as Master on December 31,said Holles Street was set to record its lowest ever infant mortality rate in 2004,with a corrected rate discounting congenital abnormalities of only four per 1,000 births.
Including congenital abnormalities, the perinatal mortality rate at Holles Street this year was 5.6 per 1,000.
He said a UK expert who had recently reviewed the latest clinical reports for the three Dublin maternity hospitals concluded that Dublin is the safest city in the world for a mother to have her baby, thanks to the high standards of care here.
So what gives?