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Yet again, Fine Gael vote against mandatory open disclosure - Senator Máire Devine

5 July, 2018 - by Máire Devine

Speaking this morning Sinn Féin Health spokesperson in the Seanad, Senator Máire Devine has severely criticised government Senators and the Minister for Health for last night opposing a Sinn Féin Bill in the Seanad which would have introduced mandatory open disclosure in the health service.

Senator Devine said:

“Last night I introduced the Civil Liability (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2018 in the Seanad.  The Bill provided for mandatory open disclosure of a patient safety incident and a mandatory requirement that the patient be provided with any additional information which later becomes available.

“It is a ridiculous and frankly disgraceful situation that Fine Gael voted against this legislation which would have ensured the mandatory open disclosure of medical mistakes in the health service.

“The hypocrisy of Fine Gael and the Minister for Health knows no bounds when it comes to the issue of open disclosure.

“On one hand they say they support mandatory open disclosure and on the other they vote against it when the opportunity is there to support a Bill which would deliver it.

“Indeed it was disappointing that for such an important piece of legislation some Senators missed the vote.

“The disregard shown last night by Fine Gael to the issue of mandatory open disclosure and towards victims of medical mistakes was shocking.

“When the opportunity to deliver for patients and do right by those affected by recent medical scandals was available last night, Fine Gael they turned their backs on them."

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