HSE Admit Liability and Apologise in Historic Stillbirth Case

Acknowledgement of Liability and Remorse by HSE Following Stillbirth Tragedy

The Health Service Executive (HSE) and the University Maternity Hospital Limerick have formally accepted responsibility for their role in the sorrowful event involving Rebecca Collins. Rebecca endured the agony of delivering her stillborn daughter, Hannah, at the hospital 16 years prior. She pursued legal action against the HSE, attributing the stillbirth to medical errors and a lapse in the mandatory standard of care which should have been provided.

In a cathartic moment for Collins and her family, the court has witnessed an acknowledgment of accountability by the HSE, and with a substantial settlement now agreed, the family has gained some semblance of solace. The formal apology by the HSE serves not just as a personal vindication for Collins but as a beacon of hope that no one else shall grapple with the tortuous quest for clarity in the wake of medical oversights.

Having faced years without answers, the heartbreaking reality for Rebecca and Tom Collins, now a permanent scar on their hearts, was unintentionally revisited following a broadcasted investigative piece by RTÉ. This program, scrutinising the fidelity of foetal heartbeat monitoring, incited the couple to inquire further, leading to the revelation of negligence in the interpretation of their CTG scans during Mrs. Collins’s term, an error at the core of the peril that befell their baby girl.

The long-pending Patient Safety Bill, having recently crossed a crucial legislative hurdle, stipulates prompt disclosure in the aftermath of grave patient safety incidents. Highlighting the urgency of this legislation, the representatives from HOMS Assist, a legal firm championing Mrs. Collins’s cause, resonate with the dire necessity for such protective measures and the right of patients to persistently probe challenging inquiries, especially when it concerns harrowing losses.

The HSE’s public apology underscored their appreciation for the Collins’s fortitude in sharing their story, an act that proved instrumental in catalysing the comprehensive review that ensued. The commitment from the Maternity Hospital and the HSE is directed towards promptly instigating reforms and applying the learnings deduced from this distressing episode to overhaul current practices and protocols, with the ultimate goal of forestalling such tragedies in the future.

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