Appointment of Clinical Lead for Termination of Pregnancy Services

HSE Press Release: Tuesday, 31st December 2019

Dr Aoife Mullally, has been appointed as HSE Clinical Lead for Termination of Pregnancy services and takes up her new role next week (Monday, January 6, 2020).

Dr Mullally is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist working at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin and the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. She is the Clinical Lead for the Termination of Pregnancy service at the Coombe and also Lead Consultant for the Labour Ward. 

In her new role with the HSE’s National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP), Dr Mullally will also chair a Clinical Advisory Forum, which will have representatives from all the providers’ organisations, as well as other key stakeholders.  The forum will support the continued provision of a high-quality, safe service to women.

Dr Mullally will be working with the NWIHP Clinical Director and team, the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Office of Nursing and Midwifery Services Division and relevant stakeholders within and external to the HSE, to provide clinical leadership for the implementation of safe, evidence-based, quality-assured, woman-centred, accessible services for women who require abortion care.

Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1999, Dr Mullally completed Higher Specialist Training in the North of England before returning to Ireland. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and has a particular interest in supporting specialists-in-training as they develop advanced labour ward skills.

Dr Mullally’s special interests include management of high-risk labour and birth, early pregnancy complications and adolescent gynaecology.  She is an advocate for improvement in maternity services and woman-centred healthcare.  Dr Mullally is an elected member of the Medical Council and the Clinical Risk Management committee.

The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018, which was signed into law by the President of Ireland on the 20th December 2018, broadens the circumstances in which termination of pregnancy (ToP) may be legally permitted in Ireland. Due to its ministerial priority, the ToP service as provided for under this new Act went live on 1st January 2019 and is now provided in community and acute care services across the country.

ENDS

Last updated on: 31 / 12 / 2019