HEALTH MINISTER INTERVENES IN ROW WHICH HAS LEFT DONEGAL MIDWIFE AT WITS’ END

first_imgThe Minister for Health is to step into an investigation which has left a leading Donegal midwife being forced to stay in a friend’s spare room.Midwife Philomena Canning.Philomena Canning has not worked for 12 months and has now been forced to rent her own home out to survive. Ms Canning, who is from Glenvar, is at the centre of a HSE investigation which was only supposed to last four months.Her insurance to practise as a midwife was suspended 12 months ago pending a HSE investigation into two difficult home births in which she was involved.Now Leo Varadkar is to meet with HSE bosses to discuss the delay in the investigation and also on an informal basis with Ms Canning.Ms Canning cannot discuss the case while the investigation is ongoing.But she told the Mail on Sunday of the distress it has had on her.“When I look back now, I was so naive. You have no idea, it’s been a living hell. I have not had on cent of income since September 2014. I was afraid I would lose the house. I’m living on everyone’s goodwill,” she said.A spokesman for Minister Varadkar said “He hopes Ms Canning can resume work as soon as she feels she can do so, and is confident that any woman who wants a home birth will be safe in her care.”Ms Canning said she was delighted by the Minister’s latest response after he had previously spoke out in favour of the HSE.“I was crushed, he’s the man at the top. It’s great news. everyone should be held accountable for this mess, it goes to the heart of a clinician’s autonomy,” she said.HEALTH MINISTER INTERVENES IN ROW WHICH HAS LEFT DONEGAL MIDWIFE AT WITS’ END was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLEO VARADKARmidwifePatricia Canninglast_img read more