Thursday 22 February 2018

Leo Varadkar plans to force doctors to admit mistakes during their treatment

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John and Aileen Duggan from Bellewstown, Co Meath who launched an online petition to lobby the Government and the HSE to fund the treatment John requires for the terminal blood condition PNH.

David Kearns

Doctors will soon have to tell patients if they made a mistake under new legalisation.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar is to introduce the equivalent of a motoring “hit and run” for doctors and health professionals that will compel them to tell patients when mistakes or accidents have taken place during their treatment

The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children heard today from the Minister that if doctors informed patients when they had made a medical mistake “a lot fewer people would sue”.

“I find that [behaviour] really appalling and it is not the type of medicine I was trained in,” Mr Varadkar said.

The Minister also told the committee that pharmaceutical companies had the State “over a barrel” when there was only one particular drug to deal with a certain condition – an “orphan medicine”.

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Speaking of the decision by the HSE to make the drug Soliris available for patients with rare blood diseases, at a cost of about €430,000 annually, he said it was still not considered cost effective at that price.

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