Post-mortems on Cavan babies 'will take months'
The families at the centre of two tragic baby deaths in Cavan Hospital will have to wait between two and three months before the post-mortems are concluded.
Two investigations are underway into the deaths of babies - one of which occurred last Wednesday week, involving a day-old infant who died unexpectedly.
The second involved a pregnant woman who began haemorrhaging at home in the early hours of May 29. The Irish Independent reported that it took 84 minutes for the woman to reach hospital from the point where an ambulance was called. The baby did not survive.
A spokeswoman for the RCSI hospital group, of which Cavan is a member, confirmed yesterday that the post-mortem results on the infants are expected to "take approximately two to three months to reach a full conclusion".
The tragedies came as figures for the first three months of 2016 showed unexplained variations in the rates of different procedures, including Caesarean sections, carried out at maternity hospitals and units around the country.
While major conclusions from the birth figures cannot be reached until later on in 2016, they currently show Caesarean section rates varying from 26.7pc to 39.17pc.
The most recent official figures from the HSE for a full year showed the 19,550 women had Caesarean sections in 2014, a rate of 29.63pc.