Health Minister meets Senator Keaveney on infant post mortem issue

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Health Minsiter "looking into the issues"

Health Minister Mary Harney has met briefly with Senator Cecilia Keavney to discuss the lack of arrangements for infant post mortem examinations in Donegal.

The possibility of a cross border agreement for the sharing of services was one of the issues discussed.

The lack of a designated Pediatric Pathologist above the Galway to Dublin line came into focus in tragic circumstances recently when a young Buncrana couple had to travel to Dublin on a minibus with their infant's coffin on their knees.

Minister Harney said the HSE is currently developing a Code of Practice for Post Mortem Services, a development Senator Keavney is welcoming.

She says arrangements for Donegal must be included in that code of practice: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/cecil830.mp3[/podcast]