Sunday 8 December 2019

HSE investigation launched after baby dies during birth

Hospital consultant placed on ‘administrative leave’ following tragedy which occurred in hospital last month

Cavan General Hospital
Cavan General Hospital

Sam Griffin

THE HSE is investigating the death of a baby who died during birth in Cavan General Hospital.

The HSE has described the death as “a clinical incident” which occurred at the hospital on April 26 last.

It is understood that a consultant at the hospital has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation into the death takes place. No adverse findings have been made against the medical professional involved.

In a statement, the HSE said “Cavan General Hospital can confirm that a clinical incident occurred on Saturday 26th April 2014 last, in which a baby sadly died.”

“The HSE Incident Management policy is being followed and a full and a thorough investigation into this tragic event is now underway.

It concluded: “Cavan General Hospital extends it's deepest sympathy to the family.

Hospital management has met with the family and will continue to keep them informed of the ongoing management of the incident investigation.”

In February of this year, the HSE published a report criticising Portlaoise Midland Regional Hospital after four newborns died in similar circumstances to one another over a number of years.

An interim management team was subsequently appointed to run maternity services at the hospital.

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