The HSE has budgeted €12m for termination of pregnancy services in 2019.

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IOG) is to hold an extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss safety fears regarding the newly legislated termination of pregnancy service.

According to RTÉ, the meeting, which will be held in Dublin, will be closed to the media and is only for IOG members.

A single motion has been tabled which states that: "Because of risks to patient safety due to inadequate preparation, the implementation of forthcoming legislation in relation to termination of pregnancy cannot commence on Jan 1st 2019 and should not take place until these risks are addressed."

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is the national professional and training body for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Ireland. 

In its role as a professional body, the Institute is developing draft guidelines in anticipation of the introduction of legislation to allow for termination of pregnancy, and this is near completion.

In December, it issued draft guidelines to its members in anticipation of the introduction of the new legislation.

The IOG has been contacted and Irish Tatler is awaiting a response. 

Medical abortion services were introduced under law on 1 January.

Despite divided attitudes and a tempestuous scramble to make newly legislated termination services available in Ireland, the number of Irish GPs who have agreed to perform medical abortions has risen to 200, up from 165 before Christmas.

Yesterday it was reported that, so far, no GPs in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly have signed up to the new service.

Only 112 of these are opting to take referrals from the HSE’s MyOptions helpline, which is the main referral pathway for women seeking a termination.

The rest will deal only with cases from their existing patient lists.

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