The clinical director of the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Dr John Connaughton apologised unreservedly for failures in maternity services at the hospital.
“The staff at Portlaoise hospital apologise unreservedly to all families who experienced care below the expected standard at the maternity services in Portlaoise hospital over the past number of years”.
“For those families who suffered loss as a result of care failings, the hospital expresses its deepest regret and sympathy,” he said.
“The failure to communicate with the families when they most needed honesty, compassion and kindness was unacceptable.
He said it was equally unacceptable that investigations were not carried out in a timely manner.
“At the time the babies died, investigations commenced after that.
“Those investigations did not proceed at the rate that they should have. That is unacceptable and that cannot happen again,” said the doctor.
He said Portlaoise hospital maternity services looked forward to working with the new management team “to ensure the failings highlighted in the chief medical officer’s report cannot happen again”.