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Family may seek review over plastic bag death

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

A review of the care given to a woman believed to have suffocated on a plastic bag may have to be ordered, a Coroner's Court has heard.

Eileen Keogh (61) died at Downe Hospital in Northern Ireland almost three years ago.

At a preliminary hearing, which took place in Belfast, a barrister for her family said they were considering calling in a consultant psychiatrist to assess the level of care she received.

Fiona Doherty said: "We have not come to a firm conclusion yet whether to apply to instruct a consultant psychiatrist to review the standard of treatment."

Ms Doherty said the family were aware the move could cause further delay to the inquest process but that a final decision could only be made when all the relevant case material had been digested.

Ms Keogh, from Ballybeg Park in Newcastle, Co Down, died on February 11, 2012.

Proceedings were halted in March 2013 because of an issue with the disclosure of documents from the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

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