Sunday February 16, 2020

Experts criticise rush to judge Portlaoise Hospital

Figures suggest rates of baby deaths fall within normal range, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
16th March, 2014
It is devastating for parents to lose a perfectly formed baby in labour. But it is not always avoidable. Picture: Getty

The reputation of Portlaoise Hospital's Maternity Service has been shattered by recent revelations about the tragic deaths of four babies at the hospital. But many doctors and top researchers in this area believe there has a rush to judge the hospital on the basis of loose scientific evidence.

Last weekend, Portlaoise hit the headlines once again with confirmation that another ''perinatal death had occurred at the hospital. The term perinatal indicates a period - usually...

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