A second round of investigation into infant deaths at Bacchus Marsh hospital at north-west of Melbourne has found four babies dead under avoidable circumstances, putting the toll of the baby death scandal at 11.
An initial investigation was conducted by Professor Ewan Wallace last year, in which seven avoidable infant deaths and stillbirths were reported inside the hospital between 2013 and 2014. The police carried out a further probe into child death in 2001 about two months ago, which identified four more deaths.
Although the police anticipated a total tally of 12 in the beginning, one of the cases was dissolved due to lack of evidence. The incident has raised major concerns from people across the nation, prompting health minister Jill Hennessey to take adequate measures to ensure that the Djerriwarrh Health Service-run hospital scandal would never happen again.
“Whilst I know that nothing I could say or do will ever heal the pain of losing a child, I do want to assure all of those families that we are doing everything we can to ensure that what happened at Djerriwarrh never happens at any other health service,” said Hennessey.
There were 43 other complaints from different families about maternity care issues during the period between 1990 and 2015, of which each case has been thoroughly assessed by the commissioner, according to the health minister. In the wake of the Bacchus Marsh scandal, a thorough review of the safety and quality of the state’s health system and health department is being conducted at the moment, records The Age.
In a recent press conference held at the Parliament House, Ms Hennessy produced details about the circumstances surrounding avoidable baby deaths at the hospital. Families of victims were informed about the reasons for the death of their infants.
Daily Telegraph reports that there were 38 more complaints relating to the hospital’s Marsh obstetrics between 1990 and 2015. Ms Hennessey is expected to furnish an update to the media on the remaining probes into adequate management of pregnancy and labor.
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