Wednesday 20 September 2017

When no one is accountable

MARY Harney was of course quite right when she said she could not be held responsible for every unopened letter in Tallaght Hospital. But someone has to be responsible for something, and in the Irish health service nobody seems to be accountable for anything.

It took a whistleblower to let us know about the more than 50,000 X-rays unchecked, and the thousands more referral letters unopened, in Tallaght. Then we learned that senior officials of the Health Service Executive were aware of the problem for months but did not alert their boss, Professor Brendan Drumm.

Yesterday Prof Drumm suggested the establishment of an independent agency to supervise these matters.

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