A Mayo TD has described maternity facilities in some hospitals across the country as unacceptable.

Fianna Fail Deputy Lisa Chambers was speaking during a Private Members Motion in the Dail yesterday.

She said that the difficulty in obtaining foetal anomaly scans was a huge problem, and it can be a postcode lottery with inconsistencies across the country.

Deputy Chambers said that staffing levels are still much lower than they should be.

In response Minister for Health Simon Harris said that funding is being made available to hire 28 new sonographers to read scans to provide 100% access to the anomaly scans. He also said that all 19 maternity units in the country will offer full access to the anomaly scanning by the end of this year.

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