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Hospitals Publish Maternity Patient Safety Statements

2nd March, 2016

Maternity Patient Safety Statements have been published today, 2nd March, 2016, for each of the country’s 19 maternity hospitals and units. From now on, each Hospital Group and Maternity Hospital will publish an updated statement each month.

The objective in publishing these statements is to provide public assurance that maternity services are delivered in an environment that promotes open disclosure.  It is intended that reporting in an honest and open way helps build trust and improves clinical performance and the culture of safety.

The Maternity Patient Safety Statement contains information on 17 metrics covering a range of clinical activities, major obstetric events, modes of delivery and clinical incidents.

While all maternity hospitals collect a large range of information and data on an ongoing basis, these particular metrics have been selected on the basis that they are clinically robust, relevant and underpinned by standardised definitions.

Welcoming the publication of the statements Professor Michael Turner National Clinical Lead, HSE National Clinical Programme for Obstetrics and Gynaecology said “As National Lead I strongly welcome the publication of the first Maternity Safety Statements for all maternity units in the country.  I am delighted that Ireland is the world leader in publishing timely safety data which will assist local and national hospital managers in maintaining and improving the quality of care across the country's maternity services. The publication of this data should also provide welcome reassurance for women using our services.

Like all performance measurements, the data should be interpreted with caution particularly when reporting low numbers which may vary naturally from month to month and are influenced by case complexity. I also expect that publishing these performance instruments will also lead over time to further improvements in the collection, analysis and presentation of a wider range of clinical outcomes.”

Stephen McMahon, the Irish Patients Association also welcomed the publication of the statements commenting; “The publication of the maternity safety statements today is a welcome action and is a significant step forward in assuring patients of the safety and quality of maternity services.  While initially being introduced for Maternity Services, it is intended that patient safety statements will also be introduced for other hospital services to enhance openness and transparency and I would encourage our health services to progress this work as a priority”

The Maternity Patient Safety Statements are available here

Last updated on: 04 / 03 / 2016