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Thursday 8 December 2016

Probe as baby dies at Cavan hospital

An investigation is underway at Cavan hospital.
An investigation is underway at Cavan hospital.

THE Health Service Executive has confirmed that it has launched an investigation after the death of a newborn baby at Cavan General Hospital yesterday afternoon.

The death is the fourth death of a baby in less than three years at one of the country's smaller maternity units.

Approximately 2,000 babies are delivered there each year.

In 2014, in the wake of the deaths of three babies within 18 months, former health minister James Reilly said he would task HIQA with examining maternity services at the hospital.

However, it is understood that no formal order was made to HIQA to investigate the unit - and no review was carried out.

The HSE has confirmed another baby death yesterday - but was unable to furnish any more details.

In a statement, the HSE expressed its sympathy to the family and said a full review would take place "as is normal practice".

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