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Probe after baby's hospital death

An investigation has been launched after a baby died in hospital.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it had begun the inquiry after the death at Cavan General Hospital on Saturday April 26.

In a statement the hospital extended its deepest sympathy to the family involved, who are not being named.

It is understood a senior doctor has not been on clinical duty since the incident happened but the HSE declined to comment on individual members of staff.

It said the inquiry is ongoing and no findings have been made against any medical staff.

In the statement Cavan hospital said a baby had "sadly died" while in its care. "The HSE incident management policy is being followed and a full and a thorough investigation into this tragic event is now under way," it said.

"Cavan General Hospital extends its deepest sympathy to the family.

"Hospital management has met with the family and will continue to keep them informed of the ongoing management of the incident investigation."

The report of the death follows an investigation being launched earlier this year by the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) into the deaths of four babies over several years at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.

The HSE is not obliged to call in Hiqa to examine the perinatal death in Cavan.

Hospital management has reported the incident to the n ational director of quality and patient safety, Dr Philip Crowley.

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