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Hyponatraemia inquiry: Children's hospital deaths were avoidable

Hyponatraemia inquiry: Children's hospital deaths were avoidable
From BBC - January 31, 2018

An inquiry into the deaths of five children in Northern Ireland's hospitals has found that four of them were avoidable.

The 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths was set up to examine the deaths of the children.

Hyponatraemia is a medical condition that occurs when there is a shortage of sodium in the bloodstream.

The inquiry's chair was scathing about how medical professionals had treated the children's families.

Mr Justice O'Hara was also heavily critical of how some witnesses treated the inquiry, as they "had to have the truth dragged of them".

He found that the health service was "largely self-regulating and unmonitored".

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