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Tragic death of baby at Cavan Hospital raises concerns about delay in reports into previous cases – Ó Caoláin

13 May, 2015 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has expressed his sympathies to the parents and family of a new born baby who tragically passed away in Cavan General Hospital yesterday afternoon.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most upsetting time and also with those other families who experienced such personal tragedies across the state.

“While we do not know the full facts in relation to this most recent incident, nevertheless I must reflect the real concerns that exist across the dependent catchment of Cavan and Monaghan and the adjoining counties. I must do so most especially because no report or set of recommendations has been published into any of the previous three incidents, including that of the death baby of Jamie Flynn in November 2012.

“Will it be a full three years before we see a report published into the death of baby Jamie and have an opportunity to examine the findings and recommendations and secure the necessary commitment that these findings and recommendations have been acted upon?

“Systems failures, under-resourcing, and most importantly the provision of adequate trained staff are all matters raised when these tragic outcomes are discussed. However, we do not yet have the full facts, the full truth. We have no findings. We have no recommendations. The Minister must ensure that these cases are addressed as a priority and that the promised reports into previous incidents are published and the recommendations implemented so the dependent public can have full confidence restored in the maternity services at Cavan General.” 

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