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Unsupported, rushed and unheard: Report reveals women’s experiences in healthcare

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Covid restrictions in maternity care seen as key example of lack of empathy for women’s needs

Women spoke of feeling unsupported, not knowing what’s ahead, and of feeling ashamed and embarrassed. In particular, those in caring roles expressed feeling as if they are treated unfairly and without dignity, and not provided adequate resources. Photograph: Getty

Women have spoken about feeling unsupported, rushed and unheard when accessing the Irish healthcare system in a new report.

They have also described the lack of visibility of women in the system, practices not moving forward progressively, and inadequate communication and joined-up thinking. Restrictions in maternity care settings due to Covid-19 were seen as a particular example of a lack of empathy for women’s needs by those aged 26 to 35 years.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly published a report on Tuesday of a “radical listening” exercise to hear women’s voices on women’s health through research commissioned by the Women’s Health Taskforce this year.

Led by independent researchers, more than 270 women participated in the discussions from all over Ireland , sharing their experiences of and wishes for the Irish health system.The research was carried out in three stages beginning in mid-2020 and finishing in June 2021, […]

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