HSE reveals 35 deaths of children in care in the last 18 months
THERE have been 35 deaths and 16 serious incidents involving children in the care of the Health Service Executive, or adolescents know to the service, since March last year, according to figures obtained by RTE today.
The causes of death of the children and teenagers include drug overdose, suicide, car accidents and other causes.
Serious incidents include cases of attempted suicide and children running away from care.
The HSE is due to publish ten reports of serious incidents or deaths in care later today.
In March 2010, the Health Information and Quality Authority issued directions to the HSE to review all serious incidents including deaths in care and detention and a national review team was set up. Under new rules the HSE must notify HIQUA of all deaths and serious incidents within 48 hours.
There were 22 deaths and nine serious incidents last year and 13 sdeaths with seven serious incidents so far this year.
Fine Gael TD, Alan Shatter, under Dail privilege last year published details of the report into the death of teenage mother-of-two Tracey Fay.
It was then estimated that 23 children had died in HSE care in the past decade, although health officials later said that the figure was likely to be much higher.