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HSE investigate death of baby born at Midlands Hospital

The infant was born at a hospital in Mullingar, and later transferred to a specialist Neo-Natal Unit

AN INVESTIGATION INTO the death of a baby born at Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar has been launched.

The infant was born at the Westmeath hospital on 16 August, and later transferred to the Neo-Natal Unit at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.

The newborn died at this hospital on 22 August.

“The HSE Incident Management policy is being followed and a full and thorough investigation into this tragic event has commenced,” a statement from the HSE said, adding that family will be involved in this process.

The Hospital extends its deepest sympathy to the family.

A separate hospital in the group, Portlaoise Hospital, was rocked by controversy earlier this year following a RTÉ Prime Time investigation in the death of a number of babies at the hospital.

Hiqa has appointed a team of six experts to investigate the quality of service provided.

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Originally published 1.30pm

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