Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (392)

Mattie McGrath


392. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health his views on the misdiagnosis and termination of an unborn child at Holles Street following prenatal genetic testing that appeared to originally confirm the presence of Trisomy 18, or Edward's Syndrome; if an independent statutory inquiry will be established and a review of genetic testing protocols undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25205/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I am aware of the case the Deputy refers to in his question, however, it would be highly inappropriate for me to comment on an individual case. Our overriding concern at this time must be for the couple involved.

I have been advised that steps are being taken to have an independent review of this case undertaken. It is important to await the results of that review, which will allow for a better understanding of what has occurred. It will also allow for any learning that may emerge to be disseminated throughout the health system.

I have requested that the HSE reply to you directly on the operational issues that you have raised.