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To: Minister for Justice & Equality Minister Charlie Flanagan

Pass Automatic Inquests for every maternal death in Ireland as a matter of urgency

Pass the Coroners Bill - with the addition of Automatic Inquests for Maternal deaths - through the committee stage quickly and into law.

Why is this important?

There are a number of reasons to get this through without wasting time:
- UCC reported for the period between 2011 and 2013, a total of 27
maternal deaths.Of all these deaths, there were inquests for only
three.
- It matters very deeply to the families who have already lost a loved
one. Some had to fight for 4 years to have an inquest; and they are still
fighting this campaign to have the law changed.
- It will help other families who in the future may find themselves in this
dreadful situation; they would not have this added suffering at a time of
intense grief.
- It will save women's lives because if reasons are found for a death
then changes can be made to prevent the same mistake being made
again.
We need everyone to sign this petition to the Minister for Justice demanding a guarantee that this legislation will get over the line as quickly as possible to help give all of us greater accountability from our maternity services

Ireland

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Reasons for signing

  • The right to life is absolute and the duty to uphold the right is fulfilled in event of death where a hospital may be implicated by holding an inquest. The failure to have systems in place for mandatory inquest into untimely maternal deaths is but another example of Ireland's disregard for international human rights standards. .
  • RGN Critical Care - Baffled by lack of inquests in maternal death. Reasons of death shall prevent future reoccurring and highlight possible failings in medical care & prevention of adverse events.
  • Ireland has spent a *lot* of time, effort and money glossing over the health of pregnant people for the sake of an image nobody with an ounce of sense believes. It's well past time the health service and government at large were honest about the reality of the situation.

Updates

2017-06-23 22:26:09 +0100

We in the Elephant Collective want to send our heartfelt condolences to Alan Thawley.
The inquest about Malak Thawley’s tragic and entirely avoidable death reminds us yet again how vulnerable widowers are still having to fight for the truth to be heard about what happened in our maternity hospitals to rob them of their wives and life partners.
Alan Thawley's solicitor, Caoimhe Haughey, can be heard on the RTE radio interview below https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b9%5F21192407%5F15036%5F23%2D06%2D2017%5F
THE GOVERNMENT'S SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED
http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=36521&&CatID=60
THERE IS STILL NO DATE ON THIS SCHEDLUE FOR INTRODUCING THE CORONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017 THE GOVERNMENT HAS A PROMISE TO KEEP WHICH THEY HAVE MADE TO WIDOWERS AND THEIR GRIEVING FAMILIES TO MAKE THIS BILL A PRIORITY

2017-05-14 20:19:33 +0100

The Government blocked the passing of Automatic Inquests into the 3rd stage of progression. Instead Frances Fitzgerald wants to start again with her own stand alone Bill but the Timescale for the proposed new Automatic Inquest Bill so tight if one domino falls the Bill won't get there!
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/maternity-deaths-bill-blocked-at-11th-hour-0c625fm5s?shareToken=9c0fe09eda63aa7a31b3aa606c20820b

http://www.clare.fm/podcasts/howard-calls-mandatory-maternal-inquests/

2017-02-14 20:24:42 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2017-02-13 20:16:55 +0000

Fantastic News from Cllr Danielle Twomey in Cork today.
Cork full Council ALL said YES to support Automatic Inquests for Maternal Deaths by asking the Government to pass the legislation as a matter of urgency for every maternal death. Thank you Cork.
https://www.facebook.com/Cllrtwomeysf/photos/a.973384862768444.1073741829.966040370169560/1229258037181124/?type=3&theater