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Lessons must be learned from Maternity Clinical Complaints Review – O’Reilly

23 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the HSE needs to immediately acquiesce to the calls in the Maternity Clinical Complaints Review and apologise to fourteen families over the handling of births, including eight in which a baby died.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“I start by offering my deepest sympathy to those families who have suffered a loss and who this report states are owed an apology from the HSE into the handling of births at the hospitals covered by the review.

“It is imperative that the HSE immediately apologise to those fourteen families outlined in the review for issues which ranged from care that was not consistent with best clinical practice to cases of poor communications and lost or delayed healthcare records, and other substantial failings as well.

“No family should have to go through the suffering and waiting that these families have gone through, especially when the review stated that for many of the complainants, compassion, sensitivity and understanding in the provision of expert clinical care was not always demonstrated.

“To the great shame of the HSE and the Governments who have continuously underfunded spending on health, resultantly, there have been many shortcomings in recent years in maternity services which have directly led to heartrending incidents involving mothers and children, including the tragic deaths of some. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that lessons are learned from the Maternity Clinical Complaints Review, by HSE medical staff, by HSE senior management, and by the Department of Health.” 

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