Health Ministry responds
to media statements
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) has responded to statements in the
media regarding the ongoing Police investigation into the recent death of
an infant at the Peebles Hospital.
A spokesperson for the Ministry confirmed that the Hospital's records show
that, between January 16 and 29, 2004, there were two infant deaths one
stillbirth and one miscarriage of 20 weeks gestation.
However, as a result of obligations to protect patients' confidential
information, the Ministry is unable to give specific details on these cases.
Ministry officials stressed that, at all times, the Peebles Hospital
endeavours to provide the best possible care and to take all the necessary
steps to ensure the most favourable outcomes are achieved.
According to the Ministry, in all cases in which a patient dies under the
Hospital's care, the procedures taken and the overall management of that
patient are critically evaluated to determine whether all steps were
followed to prevent death.
The Ministry's position is that investigations have led to the
determination that all possible steps were taken by the Peebles Hospital to
prevent death in these two recent cases.
The Ministry also assured members of the public that the Peebles Hospital
will continue to strive to perfect the quality of patient care currently
being provided to the BVI community.
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