SIX maternity units that failed to properly respond to requests for information on patient safety have been named and shamed by a watchdog.
The hospitals are Kerry General, South Tipperary General, Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, Wexford General, Waterford Regional and Portlaoise.
The maternity units were asked to provide details of how they had implemented the 27 recommendations of a report into the death of pregnant garda Tania McCabe and her infant son Zach in 2007 after she suffered haemorrhage and multi-organ failure due to sepsis.
However, the poor and in some cases complete lack of response from six hospitals was described as "unsatisfactory and concerning" by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).
HIQA was probing the safeguards in place by the country's 19 maternity hospitals and units after the death of Savita Halappanavar from sepsis in University Hospital Galway.
A spokeswoman for HIQA said the individual hospitals either had "no comment", or reported that "evidence for implementation was not in existence", or else referred to measures relevant to recommendations in another report.
One of the key warnings by HIQA, which published its investigation into the care of Mrs Halappanavar and wider maternity care this week, was that lessons were not learned from the McCabe tragedy.
HIQA said that maternity hospitals and units that responded in full detail included the Rotunda, Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, the Coombe, Limerick Regional and Mullingar. Cavan Hospital had implemented 24 of the 27 recommendations.
The remaining hospitals and units reported they had a number of local guidelines and training programmes in place in response to the recommendations.
These hospitals are Letterkenny General, St Luke's Kilkenny, University Hospital Galway and Mayo General.
Others replied that the "recommendations were reported on and followed up and actioned through the minutes of meetings". These include Sligo General, Cork and the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin.
None of the six hospitals that failed to respond adequately explained their actions yesterday.