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Full disclosure on children’s deaths is vital – Ó Caoláin

28 May, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on the release of figure by the Health Service executive for the number of children who have died in the care of the State, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD called for full disclosure from the HSE.

He said:
“Confirmation of the deaths of 37 children is a tragedy in each and every case. One death of a child in State care is a death too many.

“This emphasises the need for full disclosure from the HSE and the Government. We know from the information leaked in the case of the late Daniel McAnaspie that he was a victim of the inadequate, dysfunctional and disconnected child care services.

“We need to be told the services provided or not provided in the case of each deceased child so that lessons can be learned and implemented.

“The HSE should publish in full the legal advice on which it based its claim that the files on deceased children could not be given to the investigation team established by Minister of State for Children Barry Andrews.

“The Government should publish the advice of the Attorney General on which it bases its claim that emergency legislation is required to have the files released to the investigation team.
“The Government must also take heed of the view expressed today by the Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan that the 'in camera' rule, where childcare proceedings are not held publicly, is often being disproportionately applied and hampering investigations and that any proposed legislative change should take account of this.” ENDS

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