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[Posted: Wed 08/03/2006 www.irishhealth.com]
Any isolated hospital which does not have a process of outcome review by peers and benchmark comparators can produce a similar outcome to what happened in Lourdes Hospital with Dr Michael Neary, Tanaiste Mary Harney has said.
Addressing the Dail debate on the Lourdes Inquiry, the Minister said support systems must be in place in hospitals to conduct regular and obligatory audit.
In addition, there must, she said , be mandatory continuing professional development and skills assessment at all levels of healthcare and staff need to attend updating of skills and methods programmes and should be able to recognise that procedures change in accordance with evidence-based research.
The Tanaiste said outmoded and unnecessary practices ought to be recognised as such and changed as soon as information is available.
She said the new Medical Practitioners Act to be published later this year will introduce more streamlined and transparent processing of complaints against doctors; it will clearly define the responsibilities
of the Medical Council in relation to doctors' education and training and will make continuing professional development and education compulsory for all doctors.
The Minister said the Government is setting up a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), which will set standards and have powers to investigate most services provided for on or behalf of the HSE.
The Tanaiste described the findings of the Lourdes report as 'more akin to a novel set in the dark early period of the last century than the enlightened, successful, confident country we live in.'
|JACOB Posted: 09/03/2006 10:31|
|I feel the total number of women seen by Doctor Neary should be mentioned as this is the only way to decide if the number whom he decided should have their wombs received was not excessive and could well be a necessity.|
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