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HSE Threaten Legal Action against HIQA in relation to report into baby deaths at Portlaoise Hospital

Category:General News, Medical Negligence News 23 Mar 2015
Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise

HIQA (Health Information and Quality Authority), is an independent authority whose role is to promote quality and safety in the provision of health for the benefit of the public.  They have been involved in the investigation and production of a report in relation to the tragic and controversial deaths of a number of babies at Portlaoise Hospital.  It is alleged that those deaths occurred as a result of a failure on the part of Portlaoise Hospital staff to act on or appreciate signs of foetal distress during labour.    A number of the families involved in the HIQA enquiry have already settled medical negligence claims against the HSE as a result of the death of their babies.  In addition inquests have been heard whereby findings of medical misadventure have been returned.

The HIQA report was due to be released within the next 10 days and the HSE have now threatened to take legal action to prevent the publication of the report.  This report is understood to raise serious concerns in relation to the management and care of pregnant mothers and their babies at the maternity department in Portlaoise Hospital.  The report is of critical importance to the general public so as to endeavour to ensure that our maternity departments are safe for expectant mothers and their babies and so as to ensure that such tragic events do not happen again.

The HSE have issued a statement today which stated ‘The Draft Report contained some factual inaccuracies, lacked context and balance and failed to give reasons for or to substantiate certain findings relating to parts of the HSE and/or certain individuals.’

It is understood that HIQA and the HSE are now working in accordance with an agreed process in an effort to finalise the report.  This will delay the publication of the report which is now expected to be released at the end of April.
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