The parents of a baby who died at Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise have said they are looking for the highest possible safety standards to be provided at the hospital, in the wake of concerns raised over issues of childbirth procedures at the hospital.
“The midlands needs a good hospital. We are not calling for the hospital to be closed, we are calling for standards to be raised so it is safe,” Kilcavan native Roisin Molloy said.
Her husband Mark added: “Why should we in the midlands have anything substandard?
“We should have the same as anything in large cities. We should have equal standards of care as the cities and the major urban areas.
“We didn’t have it up to now, but hopefully after this (campaign) we will.
“It took a campaign by me and Roisin and Shauna Keyes and Natasha Molyneaux (whose babies also died at the hospital) and an investigation programme by RTE to actually get some action,” Mark said.
He added that they had stuck with the HSE’s process of investigation for two years. “After two years, the realisation was we were going nowhere,” he said. At that point they felt they were left with no option but to go public on the issue.
“It’s the next stage in a process to bring about change in Portlaoise hospital,” Roisin said.