'Countrywide Consequences' From HIQA Portlaoise Report

Labour has said the recently published HIQA Portlaoise report has "countrywide consequences".

Senator John Whelan said that it was "shocking that it has taken so much tragedy and so much time for the truth to finally come out".

"Their suffering and loss should not be in vain and now that the problems, shortcomings and causes have been exposed in this damning HIQA Report the public deserve to know that they can fully trust and rely on the levels of services and care at Portlaoise Hospital.

"While there have been some significant improvements and investment in management, staffing, systems and resources in recent years unfortunately the HIQA Report has been unable to give the hospital the all clear and this is disturbing in terms of patient care and confidence. The Hospital is a major maternity unit with over two thousand births annually serving not only the Midlands but large tracts too of Kildare, Carlow and Tipperary.

"This is a national issue and has ramifications for maternity services and accountability of our regional hospitals throughout the entire country."


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