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Judgement on HSE investigation of baby’s death “leaves many unanswered questions” – Ó Caoláin

3 September, 2014 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has expressed “very serious concern” at the implications of the High Court judgement on the HSE investigation into the death of new-born baby Jamie Flynn following delivery in Cavan General Hospital in November 2012.

Commenting on the High Court ruling yesterday quashing the report on the fatality produced by the HSE, Deputy Ó Caoláin, who represents Cavan-Monaghan, said:

“The High Court ruling quashing the HSE report on the tragic death of baby Jamie Flynn following delivery in Cavan General Hospital is of very serious concern. It compounds the hurt of Jamie’s parents and it leaves many unanswered questions.

“Almost two years on from the loss of Jamie Flynn in November 2012 we do not have published findings on what occurred in Cavan General Hospital and we do not have published recommendations on what needs to be done to avoid such tragedies as far as possible.

“The High Court quashed the HSE report on the basis that fair procedures were not followed by the HSE in its investigation. Yet we have no findings and no recommendations with regard to the procedures followed at Cavan General Hospital.

“There have been further tragic outcomes in Cavan General Hospital since Jamie’s death and it is very important for expectant mothers in the region to be assured that all the salient lessons have been learned and acted upon and that the highest standards apply now and will apply in the future.

“For all using these services it is vital that full confidence is restored. The suppression of the HSE report must also be of concern to the wider maternity unit team at Cavan. They too want to ensure that whatever issues are highlighted are addressed thoroughly.

“It is vital that the promised new investigation is independent and thorough and that it reports as quickly as possible.”


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