The 13 maternity hospitals in the northern region will not be affected by the changes that will be implemented in those in the Lisbon region and will maintain their work “in full”, as confirmed by the Minister of Health, Manuel Pizarro, during a visit to Vila Flor, last Saturday. The owner of the health file added, “It is possible to ensure that they will all operate at full capacity, without any malfunctions, even if there is a need to enhance the improvement of infrastructure and appoint professionals in some of them.”
Over the next three months, the alternative maternity hospital operating model followed on Christmas and New Year weekends will be replicated in the Lisbon region and Tagus Valley. Manuel Pizarro emphasized that once the services work “with complete peace of mind, because there is a possibility of predictability, which guarantees mothers security regarding what will happen”, realizing that it is “a resource solution, because it is not possible for everything to work perfectly, and for this reason we organize services from Through the National Health Service Network (SNS) so that things work as closely as possible, with quality and safety. This weekend, 840 babies were born on the SNS. “After three months the results will be evaluated.
In maternity hospitals in other regions, the topic is being studied. We thoroughly evaluate before announcing actions. He added that it requires a proper technical basis and consultation with professionals and local public bodies.
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