Below are comments by An Taoiseach and the Minister for Health in relation to attendance in Maternity Units –
Tuesday, 11th May
Micheál Martin ‘I agree 100% that there is no need for these restrictions now at all. I said that last week in this House. The Chief Medical Officer has said that, given the success of the vaccination programme, particularly within healthcare settings, the suppression of the virus among front-line healthcare workers and the high level of vaccination across the country, women’s partners should be with them, with proper precautions’.
Minister Donnelly tweeted the following yesterday Thursday, 13th May –
‘I’ve received the report from the HSE on visits, etc. in our maternity units. The assessment yesterday by the HSE finds 14 of the 19 units are “fully compliant” with the national policy – 20 week scan, birth and neonatal. The five that are not compliant all have at least issues with daily visitation and all five are part of a general hospital, rather than being a standalone maternity unit. These will be engaged with further by the HSE to work through solutions’.