Monday 23 October 2017

The motives of Dr Neary remain to be unmasked

A TV drama into the Neary scandal gives little insight into the mind of the notorious doctor, writes Maeve Sheehan

THERE is a moment in Whistleblower, the dramatisation of the Michael Neary scandal, when a Manchester consultant spots immediately what his highly qualified, colleagues had missed for years.

This was, of course, the obstetrician's alarming propensity to remove the wombs of mothers in childbirth that made him a risk to women at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

"If he sees it so clearly, how come nobody else has seen it in the 25 years of Neary's practice," asks a North Eastern Health Board official. "That's the question," replies the hero, a fictional hospital administrator played by Adrian Dunbar.

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