Mother of baby boy who died in hospital welcomes inquiry
THE mother of a baby who died in Portlaoise Hospital has welcomed the terms of reference of an independent inquiry which will examine why the recommendations of reports were not acted on.
Roisin Molloy, whose son Mark died shortly after birth in 2012, was commenting on the terms of reference for the inquiry which will be conducted by Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).
The watchdog was asked to conduct the probe after a damning report by the Department of Health, which deemed the hospital's maternity unit was unsafe after parents highlighted the deaths of four babies over six years in similar circumstances.
"It will examine what those responsible for monitoring standards in the HSE did when a baby died unavoidably – what measures did they take to prevent it happening again," Mrs Molloy said.
For that reason the report would have national implications and would not just be confined to the standards in Portlaoise, she added.
The investigation will look at standards across the whole hospital and not just the maternity unit. The probe will include an analysis of all perinatal deaths at the maternity unit since 2006.
The authority will investigate and assess how local, regional and national clinical and corporate governance arrangements are supporting safe care at the hospital.
It will assess the patient safety culture and look at the extent of adverse incidents reported.
It will look at the HSE's "actions, inactions and governance response to serious adverse incidents and dissemination of learning."
The investigation will also probe the manner in which the hospital communicated with patients and families.
It will also look at the safety, quality and standards of services provided by the HSE to patients, including pregnant women at risk of clinical deterioration with reference to issues raised during the care of the late Savita Halappanavar in Galway.
The report is not expected to be ready until the autumn.