Saturday 21 October 2017

Stark insight into hospital failures

The continuing need for openness and accountability could not be more starkly illustrated than in the report on the Tallaght Hospital A&E department from the Health Information and Quality Authority.

The main reason for welcoming it is that we can learn a lot from it. In particular, given the times we live in, it shows that lack of money was not the only cause of the failures in Tallaght, and perhaps not even the main one.

There is good reason to think that this is the case in much of the health service, although one must hope situations such as that outlined in the report are rare.

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