Ministers working on ‘full disclosure’ in medical negligence cases

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

Laois/Offaly TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has welcomed the news that Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, and Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, are currently working on legislation to compel hospitals to adopt a ‘full disclosure’ policy to families in cases of medical negligence.

Laois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has welcomed the news that Justice Minister, Alan Shatter, and Health Minister, Dr. James Reilly, are currently working on legislation to compel hospitals to adopt a ‘full disclosure’ policy to families in cases of medical negligence.

This news comes in the wake of the ‘Prime Time’ investigation of the deaths of four newborn babies in the Maternity Unit at Portlaoise Hospital in the past six years.

“I was shocked and upset at the contents of the Prime Time programme, as indeed was the whole country,” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy, who added that Minister Reilly has already met with all the families involved in the tragic events at Portlaoise Hospital.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said that Mark and Roisin Molloy, who lost their newborn baby son, Mark Jnr, just 22 minutes after his birth in January 2012, told her that they were ‘very appreciative’ of the fact that the Health Minister had taken the time to meet with them.

“Minister Reilly has promised a full HIQA inquiry into all the circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of these newborn babies in Portlaoise, and has clearly stated that he will leave no stone unturned until he gets all the answers,” said Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.

She added that both the Health Minister and the Justice Minister are examining ways in which hospitals can be legally compelled to disclose instances of medical negligence to the families involved.

“I would very much welcome this move as I feel no family should have to endure the trauma and heartbreak experienced by the families who were featured on the Prime Time programme,” concluded Deputy Corcoran Kennedy.