SHB to complete baby mix-up investigation
08/11/2002 - 10:44:30 am
The Southern Health Board has
said it expects an investigation into a baby mix-up at St. Finbarr's Hospital in Cork to be completed shortly.
error occurred when staff at the hospital mixed-up two baby boys with the same surname.
The babies ended up spending
the first day of their new lives with the wrong mother.
Southern Health Board spokesperson, Tony McNamara, said that
the baby blunder was down to human error.
"We have a lot of controls in place as regards identification bracelets and
various measures, which obviously we will be reviewing as part of the investigation we are carrying out already.
at the end of the day, you can't legislate for human error and I think that is what happened in this case. It has had quite
a traumatic effect on everybody, obviously on the parents and also on the staff," he said.