Monday 24 October 2016

Editorial: Time to be honest with patients

Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has told how parents of babies who died at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise were not dealt with honestly.

He also said it was important to create an environment where hospital clinicians at all levels were honest about mistakes made.

Certainly, the manner in which parents were misled over the circumstances of their children’s deaths must never happen again.

What went on there is a stain on the Irish health service, and lessons must be learned.

Whistleblowers within the health service must be encouraged to come forward if they see anything of concern.

They must not be treated as pariahs, but rather as doing their duty.

Furthermore, we need to correct the culture within the health service that causes fear among staff about “owning up” to mistakes because they are concerned for their careers, or because of the legal implications.

If this happened, some good would come out of tragedy.


GAA club issues must be tackled

We have all heard of the problems concerning the housing shortage across Dublin.

That lack is now starting to impact on outlets which are good for communities and

areas where families want to live.

St Margaret’s GAA club in north Dublin has seen its playing numbers at adult and juvenile level drop because of planning issues.

Parents and players must travel lengthy distances to play for their home club.

This issue will only spread and worsen if not tackled soon.

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