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HSE confirms review of post mortem services at local hospitals

Jul 13, 2022 18:07 By Shannonside News
HSE confirms review of post mortem services at local hospitals HSE confirms review of post mortem services at local hospitals
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The retention of childrens organs by hospitals around the country has caused huge distress to parents and families over the years

The HSE has confirmed it will review and update post mortem services at local hospitals for the first time in 10 years.

The promise follows a national internal audit into the retention and disposal of dead children's organs that found issues at three local facilities.

Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore, University Hospital Galway and Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe were all highlighted as having retained organs longer than the year specified by HSE regulations.

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In statements to Shannonside FM news today, representatives from the hospital groups say they will work to ensure that the retention and disposal of organs is undertaken by all hospitals in a sensitive, timely and appropriate manner.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the practice was wrong and highly distressing for the families of those children.

'It's difficult to comprehend that hospitals are still , albeit not on the same scale as prior to that enquiry, but nonetheless are engaging in practices such as incineration , or retaining organs beyond the timelines that are required.

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And that in certain instances again there was no proper consultation or engagement with parents.'

 

 

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