Report on hospital maternity care due
A review into the maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital will provide affected families with a draft report next week, the Irish Independent has learned.
Families involved in the review - whose children died or were adversely affected following delivery in the hospital - had been due to receive a draft report in early January.
However, that deadline was not met. On Monday, families were told that a new deadline of next week has been set.
In a letter to the families, Dr Pat Nash, chief clinical director of the Saolta University Health Care Group, apologised for the delay in providing families with the chronology relevant to their cases.
He said the review was complex, adding: "It has taken longer than I anticipated to finalise the chronologies. I would like to apologise for this delay and assure you that we are working to provide you with a copy of the chronology relevant to your case the week beginning February 15th."
A review into standards of care, including two baby deaths, in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe was set up last March and was due to be completed within five months. A total of 18 births are being investigated.