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The memorandum officially establishes the country’s first managed maternity network in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.
The new governance model will create a single maternity service operating over two geographical sites – the Coombe and the Midlands Hospital Portlaoise .
This was a recommendation in the Chief Medical Officer’s report on perinatal deaths at Portlaoise Hospital.
“This Memorandum of Understanding is a significant step in improving our maternity services,” said Minister Varadkar.
“Patient safety and service quality should always be our top priority, right across the health service. This Memorandum is good news for patients and potential future patients at both Portlaoise and the Coombe.
“I want to thank both hospitals and the HSE for reaching this significant agreement. With this Memorandum we now have the template, and I want the HSE to replicate this governance arrangement across all Hospital Groups.
“This will ensure that smaller maternity services are supported to provide quality and safe maternity care for women and babies”.