Tuesday 12 December 2017

HSE investigator steps down from baby probe team

Portiuncula Hospital, which is located in Ballinasloe, Co Galway
Portiuncula Hospital, which is located in Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

The Health Service Executive's "expert investigator" has stepped down from the inquiry team probing standards of maternity care, including two baby deaths, in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, the Irish Independent has learned.

Cora McCaughan, the Head of the HSE's national incident management and learning team, was described as an "expert investigator".

It was confirmed yesterday that she has now "withdrawn" as a member of the investigation group. A spokeswoman for the HSE said Ms McCaughan had taken the decision "in agreement" with the Saolta Hospital Group, which includes Portiuncula and the HSE.

At least 12 births at Portiuncula between 2008 and November 2014 were being investigated by the nine-person inquiry team which is headed by Prof James Walker, Prof of Obstetrics in the University of Leeds.

Irish Independent

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