Kerry General Hospital’s maternity service is under enormous pressure

Staff at Kerry General Hospital with mid-wifery qualifications are being asked to do extra hours in an attempt to combat the current maternity crisis. It emerged last week that the services at the hospital are under considerable strain due to an increase in the number of births, difficulty recruiting staff, and a delay in government funding for new facilities. From now until Christmas 150 births are anticipated per month at Kerry General Hospital that’s up significantly on last year. The number of births have been climbing steadily in the last few years , in 1999 there were over one thousand one hundred births at Kerry General, this had risen to almost one thousand five hundred last year.These increases combined with problems recruiting midwives and lack of adequate Government funding means the hospital’s maternity service is under enormous pressure leading consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey to describe the situation as potentially dangerous. Now Hospital Manager Margie Lynch has said they will have to reduce the number of planned gynaecological procedures, in order to ensure a safe service is delivered. However they do not anticipate putting a cap on the number of births at the hospital and all other maternity services ill continue as normal.