Through a regimental procedure of the Assembly of the Republic, to which the Lusa agency had access today, the five parliamentarians of the PS asked the Ministry of Health “what is the estimated date for the completion of studies regarding the location of the new Maternity” and when Place ad.
“Will the Ministry of Health publicly disclose studies regarding the location of the new Coimbra Maternity?”, Asks the document, which also asks the guardianship regarding the deadline for “the conditions for the launch of a public tender for the execution of the work ”.
To the socialists elected by Coimbra, “the construction of the new Coimbra Maternity is of central importance in the development of a differentiated public health care network adapted to the emerging needs of a modern National Health Service oriented to the response to the populations and transformations in society ”.
“Current indicators show a sustained trend of increasing the average mother's age at birth of her first child from 28.4 years in 2008 to 30.4 years in 2018, data supporting the need to create appropriate responses to potential complications during midwifery units capable of providing intensive care to high-risk newborns, as well as pregnant and postpartum women who often also need this differentiated care, ”says the document.
Maternities Daniel de Matos and Bissaya Barreto are part of the Intermediate Management Unit (UGI) of Fetal Maternal Health of the Coimbra Hospital and University Center (CHUC), which, together with the CHUC Pediatric Hospital, constitute the Differentiated Perinatal Support Hospital of Maternal-Neonatal Functional Inter-Hospital Coordinating Unit of the Center region.
The efforts made by the Ministry of Health in the 21st Constitutional Government “to advance the project, anchored in the maturation of the development of specialized studies, underlie the conviction of the ability to find a final decision soon, anchored in a strategic vision for Hospital da University of Coimbra and General Hospital (Covões), as a result of the impact that the reorganization of the FGU Maternal Health UGI will have on CHUC ”, refer the deputies of the PS.
The new maternity hospital in Coimbra should replace the two existing ones (Bissaya Barreto and Daniel de Matos), which perform approximately 2,500 births and about 18,000 consultations per year.
The working group defined by the Government to study the location of the new maternity hospital – consisting of two members of the Regional Health Administration of the Center, two representatives of the Coimbra Hospital and University Center and one of the city council – advocates its construction on the perimeter of Hospitals. University of Coimbra, but the Chamber and a large group of health professionals reject that location.