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Lessons must be learned fast from liver transplant incident – Ó Caoláin

4 July, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Commenting on the delay in providing transport to 14-year-old Maedhbh McGivern which caused her to miss the opportunity of a liver transplant in London, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“Lessons must be learned fast from this incident so that nothing of the kind is allowed to occur again. The Minister for Health James Reilly should provide a report this week about where the system fell down, leading to this very disappointing result. I am calling on him to make a statement to the Dáil on the matter.

“Many questions arise, not least the discrepancy between the two accounts of the incident given by the HSE and the Department of Transport.

“It must be questioned also whether too many agencies are involved in this process – the HSE, the Department of Transport, the Coast Guard and the Emergency Medical Support Services.

“Another key question is whether any attempt was made to secure air transport from North of the border – Enniskillen is a relatively short distance from Ballinamore.

“I wish Maedhbh McGivern and her family well and fully support their call for this incident to be properly investigated and lessons learned and applied so that Maedhbh and other people who need emergency transport are not let down again.”

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