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Neary hit on head with gun as gang raids home

DISGRACED doctor Michael Neary was struck in the head with a firearm during an armed raid on his home.

The controversial doctor was brought to hospital for treatment after the terrifying incident.

Sources say there is nothing to suggest that there is any link between his home being targeted and his past as a doctor at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Dr Neary (70) was struck off the medical register in 2003 having wrongfully removed the wombs of his patients at the Louth hospital where he began working in 1974. During his 24 years of practice he performed 129 caesarean hysterectomies -- this compares with an average of less than five for a normal practitioner.

Last April, it emerged the State had paid out €20.6m in compensation to 119 women who fell victim of his malpractice.



Burglars

He is understood to be recovering after the attack which occurred at his home in Monasterboice, Co Louth on Wednesday night of last week.

Gardai are investigating the incident during which three armed burglars broke in the house just after midnight.

The ex-doctor sustained a head injury after being hit with a firearm.

"It's not serious, it was off the butt of a weapon of some kind," a source said.

"It was a break-in to a premises and that is how it is being investigated. There is no other motive being looked at."

Gardai in Drogheda are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made but it is believed the men were local.

Dr Neary attended Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the aftermath of the burglary, where he was treated for a minor injury.

The raiders escaped with a small amount of cash.

Dr Neary's medical misconduct at the Lourdes Hospital first came to light following a change of hospital management in the late 1990s.

Under the North Eastern Health Board, new staff members raised concerns about his practices and those of other obstetricians, particularly in relation to the extensive level of caesarean hysterectomies being carried out.

Two midwives eventually brought it to the attention of hospital management and an investigation ensued.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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