Eamon Gilmore said Ireland is among the safest countries in the world to give birth
Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore has sought to reassure women due to give birth following revelations in an RTÉ investigation into maternity care at the Midland regional Hospital, Portlaoise.
Mr Gilmore said that what had happened in Portlaoise should not have occurred.
He reiterated that Ireland is among the safest countries in the world to give birth and that the Irish maternity service was very good and very safe.
Mr Gilmore said the Chief Medical officer had been asked to report to the Minister for Health on what had happened in Portlaoise and on what steps now needed to be taken.
A spokesperson for the Tánaiste that parents of two babies who had died were still awaiting reports carried out into those deaths.
The spokesperson said the Health Service Executive was “taking steps” to make the reports available to the parents.
Mr Gilmore also said the Government was satisfied there was sufficient capacity in the maternity services in Dublin following the closure of Mount Carmel Hospital.
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