HSE refuses to comment on legal tactics in case of Killarney birth mismanagement

The HSE is refusing to comment on legal tactics which led to an eight-year delay in settling the case of a Killarney boy whose birth was mismanaged.

The HSE apologised yesterday to the family of Jack Leane, who’s now almost nine.

He suffered severe brain damage following the mismanagement of his birth at Cork University Maternity in 2008, and was awarded a €15 million settlement in the High Court yesterday.

The Department of Health says legislation reforms will cut the length of time these type of cases take.

Jack Leane’s mother Annette was admitted to Cork University Maternity Hospital with high blood pressure, and her labour was induced on the 11th of August 2008.

Jack got into difficulty and abnormal CTG traces weren’t acted upon, until it was too late.

When delivered, he required urgent resuscitation and therapeutic cooling, but suffered irreversible brain damage; he’s totally dependent on his parents for his every need.

Yesterday, Judge Kevin Cross approved a €15 million settlement in the case.

In a statement, Annette Leane asked why it took the HSE eight years to admit liability and to provide compensation.

The HSE and Cork University Maternity Hospital say due to patient confidentiality they’re unable to comment on individual cases.

The Department of Health says the Government is putting in place a range of legislative reforms which would shorten the time it takes for claims to be processed, as well as expressing regret for what happened in such cases, keeping the patients informed, and providing feedback on investigations.