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Saturday 19 April 2014

Reilly vows to “get to the bottom of” deaths of three babies in Portlaoise hospital

HEALTH Minister Dr James Reilly has vowed to “get to the bottom of” events at the maternity unit of Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise, which resulted in the deaths of three babies.

Dr Reilly has again expressed his condolences to the parents of three babies who died either during labour or shortly after at the maternity unit.

The Chief Medical Officer is currently conducting a report into the deaths.

The minister said he is bringing in a patients watchdog, so health service users will have an advocate when they have a complaint and will have help and advice.

“We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out where the issues are, where the problems are and we will fix them,” he said.

Dr Reilly also said he will support the hospital and not downgrade it.

THE mother of one of the babies whose deaths at Portlaoise Hospital in 2006 has spoken for the first time of her deep sadness and upset at her baby’s death.

Sharon McCarthy, mother of the infant referred to as ‘Baby X,’ told Prime Time’s Miriam O’Callaghan of her family’s struggle to uncover the truth following her baby Katelyn’s death.

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