I have been speaking to Health Minister Edwin Poots and Dr Clifford Mayes in the wake of the tragic deaths of three babies at Belfast’s Royal Maternity Hospital from pseudomonas.
What is this killer bacteria triggering an infection in babies?
How detectable is it?
How easy is it to combat it?
Can pseudomonas be eliminated?
These are the questions put to neonatologist consultant Dr Mayes:
Health Minister Edwin Poots has spent the past 48 hours consulting with senior figures in the Royal Victoria Hospital overseeing all necessary steps being taken to diminish threat to child life. He confirms in this interview that he has made sure that the appropriate protocol is in place in Dublin hospitals if there are insufficient ‘cots’ here for expectant mothers who might have premature babies.
Health Minister Edwin Poots: