A round-table discussion has taken place between the main stakeholders in the introduction of abortion services.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, the Chairman of the Institute of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians, Dr Peter Boylan, and officials from Department of Health met last week to discuss the issue.

Concerns were raised last month at the Oireachtas Committee on Health over the need for the Department, the HSE and clinical stakeholders to meet about the service which is expected to be up and running in January. 

Dr Boylan was appointed last week to assist in preparations and has been tasked to speak to all stakeholders.

The Irish College of General Practitioners and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists expressed concern at the Oireachtas committee over the proposed timeline regarding the introduction of services.

When those concerns were put to Minister Harris, he said it was a priority of the Government to develop a woman-centred, safe and regulated service in January 2019.