The 25 pregnant clients of Philomena Canning, who three weeks on from losing their midwife without reason or notice have still not been given a replacement midwife by the HSE, brought a petition to Minister Varadkar at the Dáil this morning.
Supporters gathered to ask that the women be given independent midwifery services immediately. Many of the women have spoken about the distress and upset that they have gone through, in late stages of pregnancy, with birth plans in place but no midwife to take care of them.
The campaign group is asking the Minister to directly intervene to get the clients sorted urgently. They note that the HSE, who described Ms Canning’s indemnity removal as a “public health safety issue”, has not referred the case to Bord Altranais, the body with responsibility for such matters. Instead they have taken unilateral action which is not only unprecedented but which contravenes their own protocols.
The Campaign is asking for an early meeting with the Oireachtas Health Committee in order to air the important facts of this case.
Both Women whose cases were cited by the HSE as a basis for their action against Philomena Canning have given their full support to the campaign.