Doctors' abortion guidelines will not be finished by January deadline

Doctors' abortion guidelines will not be finished by January deadline
Dr Peter Boylan

New guidelines for doctors on abortion will not be ready in time for the planned roll-out in January.

The Medical Council says it is better to get the guidelines right rather than rush them ahead of the Government's deadline.

An extraordinary general meeting of the ICGP at the weekend was told by Medical Council president Rita Doyle that revised guidance for doctors in relation to abortion provision and conscientious objection would not be ready for January 1, according to a source.

It means existing rules on conscientious objection, which have been criticised by some doctors, will continue to apply.

Dr Peter Boylan, who is in charge of overseeing the roll-out, says it is inevitable there will be problems and that nobody should expect perfection from the start.

- Digital Desk

More on this topic

HSE reveals how many calls their unplanned pregnancy helpline got in eight monthsHSE reveals how many calls their unplanned pregnancy helpline got in eight months

Doctors to be asked to use expert discretion after abortion decriminalised in NIDoctors to be asked to use expert discretion after abortion decriminalised in NI

British Government publishes guidelines ahead of abortion law change in the NorthBritish Government publishes guidelines ahead of abortion law change in the North

Calls for review of rejected ‘buffer zones’ plan outside UK abortion clinicsCalls for review of rejected ‘buffer zones’ plan outside UK abortion clinics


More in this Section

Councillors call for clarity on State funding package as Cork Event Centre gets planning permissionCouncillors call for clarity on State funding package as Cork Event Centre gets planning permission

New figures suggest Cork landlords flouting new Airbnb lawsNew figures suggest Cork landlords flouting new Airbnb laws

Man charged in connection with reports of shots fired in LouthMan charged in connection with reports of shots fired in Louth

Helen McEntee confident EU will not compromise on Irish red lines; Brexit now 'at a crisis point' Helen McEntee confident EU will not compromise on Irish red lines; Brexit now 'at a crisis point'


Lifestyle

As UK legend John Surman gets ready to play at Cork’s jazz fest, he tells Philip Watson about his well-travelled career and why he’s so angry about Brexit.Jazz legend John Surman on a well travelled career and why he's angry about Brexit

Dr Naomi Lavelle answers a weekly science question.Fish live in water all their lives but does that mean that they never get thirsty or do they even drink at all? To answer these questions we need to look at where the fish live.Appliance of Science: Do fish ever get thirsty?

More From The Irish Examiner