An investigation has been ordered into the circumstances under which the bodies of two neonates that were being stored in the morgue at the Kingston Public Hospital, KPH, were improperly disposed of.
The investigation was ordered by Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, SERHA, Philip Armstrong.
In a statement over the weekend Mr. Armstrong says protocol dictates that bodies which are stored in the morgue should only be removed once a burial order and release form have been issued.
However, he says preliminary investigations have revealed that there was a breach in this protocol.
Mr. Armstrong says In light of this, the Supervisor for the Morgue Department has been sent on leave with immediate effect until the investigations are completed.
He says the management of the hospital has also been instructed to review the procedures with respect to the storage and disposal of bodies in order to ensure appropriate measures are in place to prevent any further reoccurrence.
Mr. Armstrong says the police have been advised of the incident and the hospital has been directed to give its full cooperation with all investigations.