HSE REVIEWS BABY DEATHS IN CAVAN

3 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By MICHAEL McDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

REVIEWS into the deaths of two babies at Cavan General Hospital’s Maternity Unit, which also serves Monaghan, are expected by Health Minister Simon Harris to be completed within the coming days.
Sinn Féin’s Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has in the meantime called for all investigations — including the outcomes of previous inquiries — into maternity services in the hospital to be published before any conclusions are reached at what he called “this most upsetting time” for the families concerned.
Deputy Ó Caoláin also called on Minister Harris to arrange for “full transparency” regarding previous cases of adverse outcomes, and to ensure that “all maternity units and midwife led facilities report monthly on their respective performances”, as he recalls had been committed to by the former minster, Leo Varadkar TD (see below).
Minister Harris said this week that he expects to have the reviews of the two cases carried out by the HSE within the coming days, in conjunction with the RCSI hospital group, and that it was essential that people could have confidence in maternity services.
The first incident took place last Wednesday (25th May), when it was reported that a day-old baby died following an emergency caesarean section.
A baby also died on Sunday after another caesarean section is understood to have been required. In this instance, where the woman was brought to hospital by ambulance, there have been differing accounts as to whether or not there were difficulties in contacting a consultant obstetrician (whose presence is required for a …

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