Health Minister Would Welcome More Families Into Maternity Review

HEALTH MINISTER WOULD WELCOME MORE FAMILIES INTO MATERNITY REVIEW

The health minister says he would welcome the addition of more families’ cases into the review of maternity services at Galway’s Portiuncula Hospital.

The review was ordered by Saolta Group – which runs the facility in Ballinasloe – following the deaths of two babies and the oxygen deprivation suffered by five more.

In an interview in the Irish Independent, Galway couple Warren and Lorraine Reilly – who lost babies Asha and Amber in the hospital in 2008 and 2010 – asked to meet Leo Varadkar.

The minister says he would be open to their cases being heard by the review.

“There are a number of reviews underway already – people who contacted the helpline on foot of Portlaoise are having their cases reviewed”.

“I’m very open, of course, to additional families being included in the Portiuncula review – but we don’t want to make things fragmented by having two or three reviews into the same cases” he added.

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