HSE to investigate hospital death of new-born baby boy

The death of a new-born baby boy in a hospital in the Republic of Ireland is to be investigated by the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE).

The child was born at Cavan General Hospital last week and was then transferred to a neonatal unit in Dublin, where he subsequently died.

The HSE said it intends to carry out a "clinical incident review".

It said a "multi disciplinary team" would closely examine "all aspects of the care provided in this case".

A HSE spokeswoman would not confirm reports that the baby was born by Caesarian section.

However, she said hospital management had confirmed that there was access to an emergency operating theatre at all times.