Varadkar in clashes with HSE about Savita death
Health Minister Leo Varadkar has bluntly admitted that the Health Service Executive (HSE) does not prioritise patient safety or fully learn the lessons of baby deaths and tragic cases of misdiagnosis.
Internal memos reveal fractious behind-the-scenes wrangles between the minister's officials and the HSE over the follow-up to the death of Savita Halappanavar.
And the minister also expressed a lack of confidence in the HSE's attitude to openness about scandals like the Portlaoise Hospital affair.
Mr Varadkar now appears mired in the same turf wars with the HSE as his predecessor Dr James Reilly as he seeks an extra €1bn for next year.
Documents obtained by the Irish Independent show Mr Varadkar supporting scathing criticism of the HSE's failure to fully prioritise patient safety and notify senior officials of risks, including the death of a baby.