"It's a defend and deny process"

Roisin Molloy gives a mother's perspective on the investigation process following a perinatal death

Roisin Molloy spoke to Jonathan today about maternity care in Ireland and what it is like for a family when the HSE investigate a perinatel death.

Roisin and her husband Mark lost their son Mark at Portlaoise Hospital.

A full review into the circumstances surrounding the death of a baby at Cavan General Hospital yesterday morning is underway by the HSE.

The executive confirmed that a baby born on Tuesday died there yesterday.

A separate investigation is already underway following the death of a newborn baby at the hospital late last month.

Meanwhile, a report into the death of a newborn baby at Cavan General in 2012 is also expected to be submitted to the HSE in the coming weeks. 

A report into the deaths of four babies at the Midland Regional Portlaoise Hospital - including baby Mark Molloy - found serious failures by the hospital. 

The initial investigation was carried out by the chief medical officer at the Department of health, Dr Tony Holohan.

Health Minister James Reilly ordered the inquiry after a Prime Time documentary highlighted the issue.

After the programme, the HSE apologised to four families whose babies died during or shortly after being born at the hospital.

The agency admitted "unacceptable delays in completing reports, communicating with families and acting on recommendations".

Speaking after the report Minister Reilly said;

"The stories of babies Katelyn Keenan, Joshua Keyes-Cornally, Mark Molloy and Nathan Molyneaux made a significant impression on me. I want to once again thank their parents Sharon, Thomas, Natasha, Shauna, Joey, Roisin and Mark who brought the serious failures identified in this report to light."