The families who lost babies at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise have spoken out today, issuing an investigation plea to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.
The families have asked Minister Varadkar to investigate all levels of Health Service Executive (HSE) management in relation to the deaths of their children.
Amy Delahunt, whose daughter Mary Kate died at the hospital in May 2013, delivered an emotional statement to the Oireachtas health committee earlier today, condemning HSE management.
“The HSE management team is clearly incapable and cannot be trusted to implement the recommendations of this or previous investigations by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA),” said Ms Delahunt.
Demanding the HSE to “stop misinforming the public” that the issues involved in the recent report were not escalated nationally, she singled out the HSE’s director general, Tony O’Brien, in her powerful speech.
“The director general of the HSE must stop misinforming the public that these events were before his time with the HSE,” she added.
Earlier in the day, Mark Molloy – whose son Mark died at the hospital in January 2012 – listed 33 items of correspondence between himself and his wife, and the HSE; he revealed that he only went to Prime Time with his story after he failed to get answers about his son’s death.
Minister Varadkar last week said that was “ashamed” after reading the details of the report issued on the hospital, adding that members of the staff would be facing disciplinary actions.