Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Health Committee to hold hearings on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013

The Committee on Health and Children will hold three days of public hearings on the 17th, 20th and 21st May 2013 on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013.

At its meeting today, the Committee agreed the outline for the hearings:

Friday 17th May – Seanad Eireann (Policy, Medical & Obstetrics)
Session 1: 9:30 - 11:00 Policy - Overview of Heads of Bill
Session 2: 11:15 - 1:45 Regulatory & Representative Bodies
Session 3: 2:30 - 5:00 Obstetric Care Facilities – Larger Hospitals
Session 4: 5:15 – 7:45 Obstetric Care Facilities – Other Hospitals

Monday 20th May – Seanad Eireann (Psychiatry & Other medical Groups)

Session 1: 9:30 - 12:00 Psychiatry & Perinatal Psychiatrists
Session 2: 12:15 – 2:45 Psychiatry
Session 3: 3:30 – 6:00 Psychiatry
Session 4: 6:15 – 8:45 Other Medical Specialties

Tuesday 21st May ?€ “ Seanad Eireann (Legal Hearings)
Session 1: 9:30 - 12:00 Medical Law
Session 2: 12:15 – 2:45 Constitutional Law
Session 3: 3:30 – 6:00 Medical Ethics

Session 4: 6:15 – 8:45 Members Time / Closing Statements

Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said: “This is pre-legislative scrutiny at Heads of Bill stage which is a consultative process involving the Committee examining written submissions along with hearing from invited expert witnesses from the medical, psychiatry and legal fields.

It is important that the language we use is temperate and moderate and that we are respectful of different viewpoints.

We are thankful to the many people who offered to come before the Committee. Regrettably we cannot accommodate every request but we are grateful to those who made written statements.

These Committee hearings are very important and I welcome the fact that they will be broadcast live on Oireachtas Channel UPC 207 and also on the Oireachtas website. I hope that people will take the opportunity to tune into the hearings.”

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