Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has today published a report 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, over 270 women participated in these 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, involving social and media listening; hearing women’s stories and experiences; and national workshops with women.
The report is the result of a priority project for Women’s Health Taskforce and provides invaluable insight into women’s experiences of healthcare in Ireland. Women highlight some really positive experiences but also important issues that they want to see improved in particular around: information, respect and dignity, and access.