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Chilean College of Midwives asks authorities not to violate healthcare rights of women in COVID-19 pandemic

18 February 2022

Earlier this month, San José Hospital in Chile reconverted their Gynaecology ward to accommodate the rising number of COVID-19 patients. ICM member association, the Chilean College of Midwives, wrote a letter to their National Authorities, stressing that these types of decisions are made at the sacrifice of competent and quality care for women who may require clinical assistance for a number of reasons, including pregnancy and birth, gynaecological diseases, breast, cervical, uterine or ovarian cancer and reproductive questions, issues and losses.

Midwifery recognises, defends and respects the human rights of all people, especially women and birthing people, and ICM supports our Member Association and shares their concern regarding the violation of the sexual and reproductive healthcare rights of women and the labour rights of midwives and all healthcare professionals supporting the provision of quality health services for Chilean women and their families.

Click here to read the letter from el Colegio de Matronas y Matrones de Chile (only available in Spanish)