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Twenty probed for hospital death of newborn in Rome

Investigators believe staff tried to cover up mistake

Twenty probed for hospital death of newborn in Rome

(ANSA) - Rome, July 24 - A total of 20 people are being probed at Rome's San Giovanni Hospital for the death of newborn baby on June 29, investigators said on Tuesday. Seven doctors and 13 nurses are under investigation for the death of an infant who was allegedly given milk interveneously rather than a saline drip. On Monday, Ignazio Marino, President of the Commission of Inquiry for the National Health Service, fingered lack of resources along with human error as the cause of the "tragic mistake". Italian consumer group Codacons said on Tuesday that the family originally from the Philippines living in Italy would receive free legal assistance from the association. Investigators are probing the hospital's adherence to 2001 EU neonatology hospital norms and guidelines that regulate, among other procedures, intravenous treatments. At present, "approximately 10 hospitals in the country are equipped to follow the outlined preventative safeguards", said the Italian Society for Neonatology. The mother told investigators on Monday that she found out about the cause of death through media reports, not the hospital staff. An autopsy will be performed on the 30-month-old baby to confirm the cause of death, investigators said.

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