Thursday 8 December 2016

Cavan doctors warned of looming maternity crisis

Published 17/05/2015 | 02:30

Concerns: Health Minister Leo Varadkar at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he met with hospital management
Concerns: Health Minister Leo Varadkar at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he met with hospital management

Senior consultants at the maternity unit in Cavan General Hospital raised serious concerns over patient safety at the hospital months before the HSE launched an investigation into baby deaths last year.

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The deaths of four babies at the hospital are now under investigation, including a baby who died during a Caesarean section delivery last week.

The latest revelations come as Dr Rhona Mahony, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, warned the deepening maternity crisis is the "effect of years of neglect".

Writing in today's Sunday Independent, Dr Mahony says there is "insufficient frontline staff" to man our maternity services and pointed to problems in "recruiting and retaining midwives and doctors".

She writes: "Medicine will never be error-free, but error can be reduced by appropriate staff who are well-trained and well-supported."

Sunday Independent

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