Thursday 21 September 2017

Editorial: Some good must come from this awful tragedy

Minister for Health James Reilly. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister for Health James Reilly. Photo: Tony Gavin

A REPORT into the deaths of four babies at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise makes for very sad reading, as evidenced by the reaction of Health Minister James Reilly when he unveiled it yesterday.

Apart altogether from medical mismanagement and the failure to recognise or act on foetal distress while the mothers were in labour, the report also found that the mothers and fathers involved received limited respect, kindness, courtesy and consideration after raising their concerns with the hospital authorities.

This is the least they could have expected from the medical service entrusted with what is the most important event in a parent's life.

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