Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hugh O’Flaherty: Let's put an end to costly medical cases and just do right by patients

Linda and Anthony Duffy with their son Mark at their home in Cabinteely, Dublin, after a court awarded the HSE its costs against them after the failed negligence case they took against Holles Street Hospital. Photo: Mark Condren
Linda and Anthony Duffy with their son Mark at their home in Cabinteely, Dublin, after a court awarded the HSE its costs against them after the failed negligence case they took against Holles Street Hospital. Photo: Mark Condren

Hugh O'Flaherty

ONE would have to have a hard heart not to be moved by Louise Hogan's account in Friday's newspaper of the end result of the High Court case brought on behalf of the now 10-year-old Mark Duffy by his parents, Anthony and Linda Duffy.

Mark is profoundly disabled and wheelchair-bound. He requires 24-hour care after suffering severe brain injuries and loss of an eye after contracting meningitis following his premature birth.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan had dismissed his claim in August that the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, had been negligent after a trial that lasted over five weeks.

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