That’s why folk are so pissed off with the practice of stuffing boards with cronies before you get booted out of office. The members are appointed for fixed terms all contracted up, not much he can do except ask them to GTFO, they can brazen it out if they feel like it.
The board won’t care, possibly be delighted, I’d guess most of them were heavily pressured into joining what would be seen as one of the most thankless and perk free board jobs. It’s no DAA where the board would need to be dragged out kicking and screaming.
Interesting to see what O’Reilly does, is it a prelude to pulling HSE responsibility into the department. Is he about to do something “brave”
Section 40 of the nurses and midwives bill 2010 will criminalise a midwife if they don’t follow the strict guidelines of the HSE when attending a birth. The bill went throught the final amendment stage last week and will be voted on shortly.
Home birth in many circumstances will become illegal. You might still get a natural birth in hospital if you’re quick enough and follow their procedures.
I met Reilly once, when I quizzed him about vested interests resisting any of his reforms, he replied saying he knew where the bodies were buried. Look like he wasn’t kidding! What he will untimately achieve remains to be seen, but this is an encouraging start nonetheless.
Perhaps he should have the username Poacher turned Gamekeeper!
Maternal mortality is down massively thanks to progress in modern medicine. A lot of people seem to forget that.
The insurance issue is extremely important - you cannot pretend that there’s no need for midwives providing home birth services to have adequate coverage just because you want to believe that there are unnecessary c-sections in hospitals. And if you are implying that this is happening, can you provide some figures for the number of unnecessary c-sections in Irish hospitals.
I am not suggesting that midwives operate without insurance but why is the HSE witholding insurance and who writes “the rules”?
Irelands maternity hospitals are functioning at over capacity, why is the HSE criminalising midwives when it could work with them to improve the current situation.
Modern medicine has improved things but in some cases it has gone too far. From my experience in maternity hospitals I wouldn’t want to go back unless advised by a midwife or I could go back to pre 2007 but under the rules I would have no alternative.