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Call for resignation of HSE manager in light of shocking revelations

12 March, 2009


Louth Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has called for the resignation of the Hospital Network Manager of the HSE Dublin North East, Mr. Stephen Mulvany, in light of revelations that he sought to influence the report of the inquiry into the death of a twenty-four year old woman and her baby son at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda in order to, among other intentions, have blame placed on staff at the Maternity Unit of the hospital.

Speaking today as news of the revelations came to light Deputy Morgan said:

“It is very clear from documents obtained by Michael Reade of LMFM radio that Mr Stephen Mulvany, Hospital Network Manager, HSE Dublin North East, successfully sought to influence the report of the inquiry in order to, among other intentions, place blame on staff at the Maternity Unit of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, for aspects of care management which lead to the death of a twenty-four year old woman and her baby son at the hospital in March 2007, rather than systems and resource failures.

“The Network Manager also admits that he did change the Report and that he sought to reduce the legal and financial impact of the incident on the HSE.

“The integrity of the Report is now seriously challenged. The actions of the Network Manager also displays a wholly blinkered view of his responsibilities demonstrating a narrow visioned allegiance to the HSE, rather than to the provision of proper care for patients in the North East.

“In light of these revelations, I believe that the Network Manager’s position is untenable.  Staff in the Health Service in the North East can have no confidence that, if another incident were to occur, he would not seek to also scapegoat them.  He should immediately apologise to staff at the Lourdes Maternity Unit for his efforts to divert blame onto them for the McCabe family’s tragedy.

“If he doesn’t resign in light of the shocking revelations contained in this document then he should be removed from office.” ENDS

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