A public inquiry is required to establish why 45 people who were admitted to Mayo University Hospital, testing negative for Covid 19, subsequently acquired the virus in the hospital and died.
That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.
The councillor is a member of the HSE West Forum and has sought figures from HSE Management throughout the pandemic as to the number of patients that acquired the virus while in the hospital. However, HSE management failed to provide these figures.
At the weekend, through a Freedom of Information request from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, details of the number of patients nationally who died in hospitals, having acquired Covid 19 while in hospital were published.
Mayo University Hospital was the seventh highest hospital nationally in which patients died having acquired Covid 19 while in the hospital.
St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin had the highest death toll from hospital-acquired Covid 19, with 77 deaths.
At Mayo University Hospital the figure was 45.
The number in respect of Sligo University Hospital was 35 and Galway University Hospital was nine.
Councillor Kilcoyne told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that it’s difficult to understand why the numbers of such deaths at Mayo University Hospital is five times higher than at University Hospital Galway…