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Mater Hospital Did Meet Legal Requirements In Reporting COVID-19 Cases, HSE Says

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

2:11 PM - 17 May 2020



An investigation has found that Dublin's Mater Hospital did meet its legal requirements in reporting COVID-19 cases.

However, the HSE chief says data submitted to labs by the hospital at one stage in the process did "not have the full details" of cases.

On Thursday, health authorities were made aware of an extra 244 cases at the facility.

Hospitals are legally obligated to report infectious disease cases as soon as they're aware of them.

An investigation was launched to find out what happened with the cases from the Mater.

Speaking at a HSE briefing today, Chief Executive Paul Reid outlined what they've found out from the investigation in recent days.

He explained: "The information that we have been furnished [with] throughout Friday and yesterday clearly demonstrates that the legal requirement was met.

"However, the information that was submitted to the labs at [one] stage in the process did not have the full details, in particular all the names etc... of those cases.

"Therefore it didn't allow us for the complete correlation of the data at the appropriate time."

He said it's expected the final report into the matter will be finished 'very shortly'.

Mr Reid said health officials are now also seeking assurances from all hospitals that the data being submitted to labs has the 'full and required' details.

Main image: HSE chief executive Paul Reid during today's press briefing. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins


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