Written answers

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Department of Health

Maternity Services

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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969. To ask the Minister for Health the person or body responsible for developing national clinical obstetric ultrasound guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18329/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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As this is a service issue, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly. 

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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970. To ask the Minister for Health the person or body responsible for developing a national checklist for the anomaly scan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18330/20]

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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971. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a procedure (details supplied) must be included in the national checklist for the anomaly scan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18331/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 970 and 971 together.

As the queries raised by the Deputy relate to service issues, I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply to you directly. 

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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972. To ask the Minister for Health if there is now 100% universal access to the anomaly scan per individual unit; and if not, the reason therefor (details supplied). [18332/20]

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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