Wednesday 21 March 2018

Practice has been in place for over a year

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE practice of transporting the remains of dead children in taxis to a hospital in the midlands has been going on for at least a year.

It emerged almost 12-months ago that the bodies of recently deceased infants were sometimes being transported in the boot of taxis to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Co Offaly, for post-mortem examinations.

The remains were being transported from other hospitals such as Mullingar hospital in Co Westmeath and the Portlaoise hospital, Co Laois.

"Where transport is necessary, the Midland Regional Hospital's have long-standing arrangements which cover local undertakers and, in some instances, local taxi arrangements," the HSE said in February 2012.

"Both arrangements are undertaken in consultation with the parents and where necessary can facilitate the parent accompanying the remains of their baby."

The HSE stated that staff ensure that the parents' needs are managed sensitively and it acknowledges that the post-mortem procedure does add to the trauma for the parents.

However, the number of times a taxi has been used to transport an infant's remains for post-mortem is not clear.

A spokeswoman told the Irish Independent the HSE Dublin Mid Leinster would not be issuing any statement until the conclusion of the inquest.

Irish Independent

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