Minister Denis Naughten said that his thoughts are “first and foremost” with the families of the babies who were at the centre of this inquiry.
Minister Naughten said as a member of Government he has been pushing for the introduction of a law making it a legal requirement for medical professionals to disclose medical mistakes to patients at the time they happen and not years later on the steps of the courts.
He added: “As well as adding to the distress of families, the delay in publishing this report has been damaging to the hospital, and the fact is that parents at the centre of this inquiry deserve answers, as did the staff at the hospital and the parents who are relying on this service every day”.
Minister Naughten said it is important for
parents planning to avail of maternity services in Portiuncula to be assured that staffing levels at the maternity unit have been dramatically improved since these very serious incidents occurred. He added that a large percentage of the 150 recommendations made in this report have been implemented already.
Senator Maura Hopkins attended the briefing last Thursday. She said this must have been an extremely difficult time for the families involved.
Senator Hopkins added: “It is critical now that all of the almost 150 recommendations outlined in this report are implemented”.