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Symphysiotomy in Ireland: A Qualitative Study. By Irene Jillson, PhD

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 - 10:04 AM

A qualitative study into symphysiotomy in Ireland by Irene Jillson, PhD

A qualitative study into symphysiotomy in Ireland by Irene Jillson, PhD

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Doctor guilty of misconduct told he can keep practising

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 - 11:00 PM

A WELL-known obstetrician who was found guilty of professional misconduct can continue to practise. .indo_survey>.wrap{position:inherit; background:#FFFFFF; display:block;} Dr Gerry Rafferty, of Mount Carmel private hospital in Dublin, was earlier this year found guilty by the Medical Council of professional misconduct in relation to his treatment of two women. .indo_survey> ...

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Consultation with women affected by symphysiotomy to take place and Minister Reilly to meet the repr

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 - 11:00 PM

The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, today (23 July) announced that he briefed Government on his views on putting closure on the issue of symphysiotomy for the women involved and their families. Government has requested some further details from the women themselves in advance of making a final decision on the matter. The Minister received the independent report of Prof Oonagh Walsh on 31 May and has been considering it closely since then ...

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Minister reviewing ways to compensate women excluded on age grounds

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Minister for Health James Reilly has said he will draft proposals before the Dáil’s summer recess to compensate women excluded from the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital redress scheme. He said his department had been engaged in a review to consider various mechanisms to compensate those women who were excluded on age grounds alone ...

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HSE set to push local adverse event reviews

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Savita Halappanavar By Lloyd Mudiwa. In the aftermath of the Savita Halappanavar tragedy, the HSE is set to implement a new incident management policy from as early as next month, which would allow for “quick local reviews” in a bid to speed-up examinations of adverse events, IMT can reveal ...

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Press Release concerning Clinical Reviews by the HSE into Adverse Events including deaths

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 - 10:23 AM

HSE Clinical Reviews

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Press Release concerning Clinical Reviews by the HSE into Adverse Events including deaths

Patient Focus looks forward to the imminent publication of the report of the Investigation Team into the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway University Hospital last October.
Patient Focus is strongly of the opinion that an urgent review needs to be conducted into the manner in which deaths and injuries to patients are investigated in Irish hospitals to bring them up to an acceptable standard.
We hope the learning acquired by the HSE as a result of the public scrutiny involved in this case will now be rolled out to the conduct of other reviews and investigations. Sadly many injuries and deaths suffered by patients are not investigated promptly, thoroughly and fairly. Standards are variable throughout the country and risk management processes are often rudimentary.
As a general rule the onus is on patients and their families to seek answers, drive the quest for an investigation, monitor its progress and seek the right to participate in it. Investigation into deaths and serious injury routinely take several years. Furthermore patients and their families feel they are treated as outsiders and are often not interviewed by the professionals conducting any review. This is true even when a review has been set up as a result of pressure by the patient or family involved.
Audits of the numbers of deaths and injuries are not systematically conducted leaving Irish society ignorant of the real extent of “adverse events” in our health system.
Private hospitals and clinics are in effect outside any monitoring whatsoever and are a cause of particular concern due to lack of licensing.

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Patient Focus Opening Statement to JOCHC 19.5.15

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Press Release - Symphysiotomy Redress Scheme

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The Surgical Symphysiotomy Payment Scheme

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Prof Oonagh Walsh’s report on Symphysiotomy

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Judge Murphy’s report on Symphysiotomy

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Patient Focus supports Ombudsman’s Investigation

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A complete lack of ownership and responsibility

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