'I want women in this country to know that things are changing'
The plight of Vicky Phelan has caused shock but the system is being improved, writes Simon Harris
The image of Vicky Phelan outside the High Court will be a lasting memory in our national consciousness. It was like a collective punch to the gut.
That a woman was not provided with available information about her personal health was appalling. That a woman fighting for her life was fighting for justice for herself and others was inspiring. Her wish for some good to come out of her experience resonated strongly with the whole country and with me as Minister for Health.
Since then my actions have been guided by that wish and I want women in this country to know that things are changing and that more change will come.