Three out of the four maternity hospitals in the Shannonside region are non-compliant in relation to a key aspect of maternity care.
It comes from information released as part of the latest HIQA report, which compiled an overview of inspections on nineteen maternity units nationwide.
According to the report, Portiuncula Hospital, Midlands Regional Mullingar and Sligo Hospital all failed to provide a physical environment which supports safe delivery and protects the health and wellbeing of women and babies.
Cavan Hospital was reportedly the only one in the region who met this standard, but received a non-compliance mark in relation to organising their staff.
Meanwhile, Mullingar Regional was the only hospital in the Shannonside region to have higher specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics, as well as paediatrics and neonatology.
Portiuncula, however, did not have higher specialist training in anaesthetics, and Sligo didn’t have higher specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Speaking to Shannonside FM, Head of Healhcare at HIQA Sean Egan says it’s “far from ideal”: