Department of Health and health agencies refuse to name hospitals …

The Department of Health, the HSE and a number of State-funded health agencies have refused to say which hospitals may have used faulty maternity unit monitors which are now the subject of an investigation.

The investigation into into the use at such units at 11 hospitals was ordered by the Department of Health after ‘communications’ were directed to itself, the HSE and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). The investigation is examining the use of Philips made foetal CTG monitors used to check the heartbeats of mother and baby during labour.

The company issued a warning about the machines in 2009 because of the risk to mothers and babies.

The Department of Health declined to reveal which hospitals were subject to a review by a HSE Risk Assessment Team when contacted by the Leinster Express. In a statement the Minster for Health said the review ordered was prudent.

“The decision by the HSE to put in place a precautionary lookback, to check that monitors are being correctly used in our hospitals, is a sensible and prudent decision. 

“It is right and proper that the HSE would take precautionary steps to ensure there is no patient safety risk.

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