Unanimous decision at Kilkenny Hospital not to provide abortions
In the letter which was signed by Consultants Prof Ray O'Sullivan , Mr Tevor Hayes , Dr Raouf Salam , and Dr Yuddandi Nagaveni , it was explained to Ms Day that following a discussion between them , it was decided unanimously that the St Lukes Hospital would not be providing abortions .
it was decided unanimously that the hospital is not an appropriate location for medical or surgical terminations
it was also adjudged that in the event of professional and values training of staff willing to participate in such procedures , that the hospital remains an unsuitable location for these services
we would appreciate if all relevant stakeholders in IEHG and beyond be informed of this decision , all staff remain committed to the safe delivery of care to all our women and committed to improvements to the service , however the addition of a termination service is not possible for a multitude of very challenging reasons
In a seperate letter written to GPs in the area , consultant Trevor Hayes told GPs that termination services would not be available at the Hospital.. "obviously if a patient is maribund or with haemarrhage or sepsis she will be dealt with in an appropriate manner , at present we dont have a referral pathway and I have written a letter to Holles street regarding this . My understanding is that wexford are also not providing the service . All patients will be dealt with in a respectful and compassionate manner but I again stress that the termination service is not available in St Lukes Hospital"
Mr Hayes who was Twice named ‘Obstetrician of the Year’ by Maternity and Infant Magazine 2009 and 2013 and who has been a Director of the Women’s Health Group since 2006 is a keen pro life supporter , urging a No vote in last year's abortion referendum to repeal the 8th amendment . Speaking at a Love Both conference last year , Mr Hayes expressed serious concerns at misinformation being deployed by the yes side and warned of the serious consequences of a yes vote .... "In my many years of medical practice, I have never been prevented by the Eighth Amendment from doing everything necessary to fully care for women and to fully protect them in my practice. Any suggestion that Irish doctors cannot intervene to protect women is deliberately misinforming the Irish public and creating unnecessary fears. I’ve never gambled with the lives of my patients. I’ve never lost a mother. The Eighth Amendment has never prevented me from doing my job to the best of my ability"
Below : Letter signed by Consultants at St Lukes to the IEHG