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HSE failure to protect women ‘unacceptable’ – Louise O’Reilly TD

4 May, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the HSE’s failure to protect women is unacceptable, and that while urgent reform is needed “nothing can change with the current management still in place.”

Teachta O’Reilly said;

“This is yet another example of the HSE's failure to protect women and children. This is not an isolated incident. We have seen similar cases in the Midlands Regional hospital, in Cavan and Kilkenny as well in the past.

“The report was delayed for three years. That’s three years of women and their families being left in the dark. 

“This shows more of the paternalism from the HSE and more evidence that people have to fight the HSE for basic information and then when faced with simple requests from families they ‘circle the wagons’ and aggressively defend the indefensible

“The gross mismanagement within the HSE has caused the deaths of these children in Portiuncalla hospital.

“We recognise that urgent reform and further recommendations are needed, but nothing can change with the current management still in place.

“What will it take for Tony O'Brien to go? More deaths of women and children? Just how many cases does it take to make it one case too many?

“Women need confidence in our health services and in particular our maternity services, but how can they with current situation unfolding in front of us?”


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