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A HSE investigation of Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda has found 13 instances of breech birth only being discovered at an advanced stage of labour.

The audit was prompted by the death of a baby in the hospital following an undiagnosed breech in 2013.

However, a senior HSE official is insisting Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda is at the forefront of maternity care in Ireland.

Dr Alan Finan was responding to a report showing 13 thirteen 'significant incidents' of a breech birth being diagnosed when a woman was in advanced labour happened there over a two year period.

The HSE's Clinical Director of Women & Children's Services in the North East says the services in Drogheda are on a par with major centres around the country.

Dr Sam Coulter Smith is the Master of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

He's backing the hospital's efforts to address the issue:

Roisin Molloy's baby Mark died in Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise in 2012. She has been working with other families that have unfortunately had similar circumstances.

She spoke with Lunchtime today and told Jonathan Healy: "the issue that maternity services are safe in Ireland is of question because we don't have the research to say that it is.

"It's no longer good enough for the HSE to come out with the spin that the Irish maternity services are safe, we need to see why they're safe, we need to see why these instances keep happening again and again and again.

"I would ask how many other audits are done around the country? They need to show us the research."

"When baby Mark died, the only letter I got from the HSE was for a six week check-up."

She finished by saying: "There's very little evidence there's anybody listening."

You can listen to her interview here:


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