The Health Minister says he has no intention of downgrading maternity services in West and Northwest insisting instead that he wishes to see them further developed and improved
He was speaking during a Fianna Fáil motion in the Seanad calling for the protection of obstetrician-led maternity services at regional hospitals.
It follows claims that a HSE internal report proposes to dismantle obstetrician-led maternity services in the West and North West region.
But Minsiter James Reilly slammed Fianna Fail for scaremongering:
The motion is in the name of Senator Marc Mc Sharry was co-signed by Senator Brian O'Domhnaill.
He rejected claims of scaremongering and called on the Minister to give a firm commitment to increase staffing in Maternity Units: