Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Department of Health
407. To ask the Minister for Health the reason Covid-19 restrictions are still in place in some hospitals in terms of maternity services; and the steps he is taking to ensure that partners and birth partners of pregnant women are able to be present for pre-natal scans, appointments, labour and at childbirth. [31395/21]
As this Parliamentary Question relates to an operational issue, it is a matter for the HSE. However, members of the Oireachtas are advised that the HSE is currently unable to access the information to answer Parliamentary Questions due to the recent cyber-attack, which has required a temporary shut-down of HSE IT systems. The disruption to service is on-going, and the HSE is working hard to restore its IT capacity and resume normal services. Members of the Oireachtas will be advised as soon as the HSE is again in a position to provide responses to PQs and are encouraged to resubmit their Parliamentary Questions at that point.