Parents of tragic girls hit out at maternity review delays
A couple at the centre of the Portiuncula maternity review have hit out at the constant delays.
The review, which was initially due last summer, will now not be delivered until this spring.
And while the families involved were assured that they would get sight of the draft report in early January, that has not yet happened.
A review into standards of maternity care in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, including two baby deaths, was set up last March and was due to take five months.
A total of 18 births at Portiuncula between 2008 and November 2014 are being investigated by the nine-person inquiry team headed by James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics at the University of Leeds.
Warren and Lorraine Reilly were interviewed by the review team in October in relation to the death of their two daughters, Asha in 2008 and Amber in 2010.
The couple have now criticised the HSE and the Saolta hospital group for the repeated delays.
"In December, we were told the review would again be delayed but we were told we would receive the draft report of our own section to comment on by early January.
"We have still heard nothing. We had to email them last night to see what the hold-up is. This is the third delay we've faced.
"We've had to keep questioning and questioning since the middle of the summer when the first delay occurred," said Mr Reilly.
"We don't know where we stand; once again we've been left in limbo."
A spokesperson for the Saolta hospital group, which oversees Portiuncula hospital, said it had apologised to families for the delay.
The group said the delay was due to the "complexity and scale of the work to be undertaken, given the increase in the number of cases (18 in total) being reviewed".
"In addition to meetings with families, there have been 250 staff interviews carried out, involving the 18 cases," it added.