Harris asked to introduce inquests into deaths of women during pregnancy and childbirth

Harris asked to introduce inquests into deaths of women during pregnancy and childbirth

The Health Minister Simon Harris is being called on to introduce compulsory public inquests into the deaths of women during pregnancy and childbirth.

It follows confirmation of the death of a woman during emergency surgery at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin's Holles Street last month.

It is reported the 34-year-old woman died during emergency surgery to deal with an ectopic pregnancy on May 8.

The National Maternity Hospital has said all maternal deaths are subject to a Coroner's inquiry.

The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS) has said it is saddened and shocked to hear of the woman's death.

Spokesperson for AIMS Krysia Lynch has said new legislation is needed to ensure transparency about such cases.

“We would very much be asking Simon Harris, Minister for Health, to try and insure that there are compulsory inquests following a maternal death in Ireland - any maternal death,” said Lynch.

“That to insure that this information becomes public and it goes into the public domain.”


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