Sunday 4 December 2016

Doing nothing is not an option when lives of mothers on the line

Sam Coulter-Smith

Published 12/05/2015 | 02:30

Minister for Health Leo varadkar pictured with Claire Mahon President of the INMO, after he addressed the nurses at the INMO Annual Delegate Conference at the Knightsbrook hotel in Trim
Minister for Health Leo varadkar pictured with Claire Mahon President of the INMO, after he addressed the nurses at the INMO Annual Delegate Conference at the Knightsbrook hotel in Trim
Mr Varadkar has put in place a new Steering Group to report by the autumn of this year and to recommend how we should plan our maternity services into the future (Reg Gordon)

Maternity services in Ireland are under intense scrutiny as a result of widely reported adverse outcomes for mothers and their children.

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The deaths of several babies at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise are the subject of the most recently published investigation report by the Health Information Quality Authority (Hiqa), commissioned by the Department of Health. One notable highlight is the report's criticism of the clinical governance at the hospital and oversight of services by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The Department and the HSE have accepted the investigation report and its recommendations.

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