Katherine hospital reveals that six babies born dead have remained unclaimed in their morgue

A Senate investigation into stillbirths has had public hearings this month in Katherine (pictured), Brisbane and Canberra

A hospital in the interior has revealed that six dead babies have not been claimed in their morgue for up to five years.

The Katherine Hospital, in the Northern Territory, made the surprising admission during a Senate investigation of stillbirths.

The six were born dead in the hospital for a period of five years until 2017, with two of the babies in the morgue since 2013, The Guardian Australia reported.

Three babies remain in the morgue, while three were buried this year.

Northern Territory Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, chair of the Select Committee on Research and Education on stillbirth, has demanded answers.

A Senate investigation into stillbirths has had public hearings this month in Katherine (pictured), Brisbane and Canberra

A Senate investigation into stillbirths has had public hearings this month in Katherine (pictured), Brisbane and Canberra

The Katherine Hospital, in the Northern Territory, revealed that six babies born dead have remained unclaimed in their morgue for up to five years (stock image)

The Katherine Hospital, in the Northern Territory, revealed that six babies born dead have remained unclaimed in their morgue for up to five years (stock image)

The Katherine Hospital, in the Northern Territory, revealed that six babies born dead have remained unclaimed in their morgue for up to five years (stock image)

& # 39; Who is responsible here? & # 39; she said.

Ms. McCarthy said that parents should receive support services, such as grief counseling and information about their rights regarding a child's burial.

"If those resources that allow a child to die in a morgue for five or six years are missing, there is a serious question about humanity that is not being answered here," he said.

Sara Potter, the hospital's clinical nurse midwife, told the committee that Katherine did not offer the mothers of the dead-born babies' involvement services available elsewhere. "

She said the hospital has only one social worker and one aboriginal liaison officer, but that they were primarily responsible for the emergencies.

The hospital also does not have aboriginal midwives and only two Aboriginal health professionals.

Northern Territory Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (pictured) said "there is a serious question about humanity" in response to the revelations of Katherine Hospital

Northern Territory Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (pictured) said "there is a serious question about humanity" in response to the revelations of Katherine Hospital

Northern Territory Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy (pictured) said "there is a serious question about humanity" in response to the revelations of Katherine Hospital

Ms. Potter added that the residents of Katherine had faced costly burial costs, over and above the single grieving payment of $ 2,199.83 offered by Centrelink.

Until last year, the city had only one funeral business that charged $ 4,000, and a second business started this year and charged $ 2,500.

"Since last year Centrelink's payment has not buried the baby, the payment did not cover the cost of funeral services," said Mrs. Potter.

The committee, which was established in March, held public hearings this month in Katherine, Brisbane and Canberra.

He is expected to report on the future of research and education on fetal death in Australia in early 2019.

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