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Ó Caoláin to raise Drogheda Hospital scandal at North Eastern Health Board

22 September, 2003

There needs to be a public inquiry into how dozens of unnecessary caesarean hysterectomies were allowed to be carried out at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda according to Sinn Féin Health spokeperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD. Deputy Ó Caoláin will today (Monday) call for the inquiry at the monthly meeting of the North Eastern Health Board in Kells. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"The issue here is not simply the activities of Michael Neary. Women were victimised in this way over a period of years in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. No-one shouted stop, except the victims themselves who realised too late what had happened to them. Members of the medical and nursing staff and the hospital management must have been aware of what was going on but chose not to act, or worse, co-operated in practices whereby women were treated in an horrific manner.

"There must be a full public inquiry and there must be a scheme of compensation for the women. We must know how such practices were allowed to continue for so long in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and the lessons for the structure, management and delivery of our health services must be learned and acted upon." ENDS

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