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Saturday 10 December 2016

Brave mums and dads need action

Families who lost their babies at Portlaoise Hospital are finally being heard.

It was fitting that they were able to tell their stories before the Joint Committee on Health and Children.

But it is harrowing to hear of the lengths they had to go to just to ascertain what happened to their babies.

Mark Molloy, whose child Mark junior died in Portlaoise in January 2012, listed 33 items of correspondence that passed between him and his wife Roisin and the HSE and the Department of Health in the months after his death.

The manner in which parents were treated is a disgrace.

Grieving families have now called on Health Minister Leo Varadkar to investigate all levels of HSE management in relation to the scandal.

The public needs to have confidence that safeguards are in place to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.

Parents will not be silenced on this issue and Mr Varadkar needs to hear what they are saying and act immediately.

The tears of these families must not be in vain.

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