Labour recognises that top-down and male-dominated approaches have had a detrimental effect on women's right to health in Ireland, as illustrated by the eighth amenmdent and the poor funding of women's health services.
Labour believes that to fulfil women's right to health, we must work to create high quality health care across clinical areas including mental health, primary care, obstetrics and gynaecological services.
Labour's Conference in 2018 included a section dedicated to the future of women's health. The need for this was starkly shown by the cervical check cover-up scandal and the subsequent failures to meet women's health care needs in a timely and sensitive fashion.
Labour's policy working paper addresses the following areas which need to be addressed in a new approach to meeting women's health needs:
- Learning from the Scally Report
- Cervical cancer
- Uterine and ovarian cancers
- Gynaecological services
- Hidden epidemics
- Ending period poverty
- Supports for breastfeeding mothers
- Maternity services
- Termination of pregnancy
- Health and wellbeing