Written answers

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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918. To ask 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]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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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. 

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