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Welcome for Review of Medical Negligence Cases by Health Minister, but full costs must be released

21 September, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Fein MLA John O’ Dowd has welcomed the announcement by the Health Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey that his department is reviewing all outstanding medical negligence case over 10 years old. The announcement came in a debate brought forward by Sinn Féin calling for a more efficient and compassionate approach to such cases.

Mr O’ Dowd said:

“While I welcome the announcement by the Minister that a review of outstanding cases of 10 years or more will happen I am still concerned that the Minister has failed to produce the full cost to the public purse of the delay in medical negligence cases.

“Despite the Minister referring to costs being managed and kept to a minimum the Minster has only produced costing for legal fees for this last 2 years which amounted £2m. However the cost for the previous years, decade in some cases have not been produced, with the Minister stating in response to a written question that they were unavailable. This is a totally unacceptable state of affairs.

“The Minister needs to be transparent with the Assembly and the public on this matter and release the cost of legal fees for medical negligence cases being delayed for 15 and 20 years without further delay.” CRÍOCH

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