GP out-of-hours surgeries to be ‘exempt from abortions’

Doctors warn January rollout ‘too rushed’, but minister ‘won’t waiver’

Irish Independent

Eilish O’Regan

WOMEN will not be able to secure a medical abortion from GP out-of-hours surgeries, the Irish Independent has learned.

The GP service, which provides medical cover from 6pm to 8am, has become the first port of call for an increasing number of patients due to a shortage of doctors.

Dr Ken Egan, chairman of the National Association of GP Co-ops, said a woman seeking an abortion would not be classified as an emergency which is the service out-of-hours doctors provide. . . [Full text]

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