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Taoiseach must take action in light of Drogheda Hospital Report

1 March, 2006


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has demanded that the Taoiseach take action in light of the report from Judge Maureen Harding Clark . Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Deputy Ó Caoláin called on the Government to "establish a Redress Board -- a forum for the women to state their cases and to obtain due recompense for what they and their families have suffered."

He said, "The victims of the former consultant Michael Neary and others in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda have been vindicated by the Report of Judge Maureen Harding Clark. These women were subjected to a procedure that mutilated them and rendered them unable to conceive again. They were not told what was being done to them. Scores of women are suffering to this day. The implications of the Report are huge -- for the women victims, for the management of our hospitals and for Government health policy.

"What we need now is action and I want to ask the Taoiseach what action will be taken.

"The Tánaiste stated yesterday that the Report confirms the appropriateness of the actions being taken in relation to the new Medical Practitioners Bill, the reform of the current consultant contract and the changes in management systems within hospitals. But how are we to judge this? The heads of the Medical Practitioners Bill were agreed by Government in 2004. The Taoiseach must publish the heads of the Bill so we can judge if the Bill measures up.

"Crucially, Taoiseach, the medical records of many of the women were stolen as part of the cover-up. They have no redress through the courts. The Government must establish a Redress Board -- a forum for the women to state their cases and to obtain due recompense for what they and their families have suffered." ENDS

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