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01st Feb 2015

PORTLAOISE: 30 baby deaths to be investigated by the HSE

The investigation is the second launched in two weeks

Katie Mythen-Lynch

The deaths of more than 30 babies at the Midlands Hospital in Portlaoise are to be investigated by the HSE.

A panel set up to look into a number of birth complaints at the hospital is said to have examined up to 80 baby deaths, 30 of which, it was decided, required further examination, according to a Sunday Independent report.

Meanwhile a separate review of maternity services is continuing in Galway after “apparent deficiencies” in the care of seven babies, two of whom died, at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

This week it was revealed that five more families have come forward to say their babies were starved of oxygen at birth at the hospital.

Last week Minister for Health Leo Varadkar spoke out to assure Irish women that Ireland’s maternity services are safe.