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Review Group on children’s deaths must ensure accountability from HSE- Ó Caoláin

23 July, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the tragic death of Christopher O’Driscoll in Cork, as highlighted at his inquest this week, shows the need for the Independent Review Group into Child Deaths to ensure full accountability from the HSE. He said:

“The death of Christopher O’Driscoll reminds us that each of the 188 children who died in HSE care, or known to the HSE care services, in the past decade, was an individual who died tragically.

“The circumstances of Christopher O’Driscoll’s death, as highlighted at the inquest this week, expose the inadequacy of the system of caring for troubled children in crisis situations. That failure is seen in the fact that he had been asked to leave a HSE-run hostel and was booked into a hotel alone on a bank holiday weekend with the care worker not telling the hotel manager that he was in HSE care.

“The Independent Review Group into Child Deaths must ensure full accountability from the HSE by fully investigating all the issues surrounding tragedies such as this, including the reasons decisions were made, the role of HSE higher management and the resource and government policy implications.” ENDS

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