Press Release

Statement from the Department of Health and Children

Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Health and Children, following discussions with the parents of Roisin Ruddle R.I.P., has decided to convene a Review Panel to conduct an independent review of the events surrounding her death.

The members of the Panel are:-

  • Mr David Hanly – Management Consultant
  • Ms Kay O´Sullivan – Director of Nursing, Cork University Hospital
  • Dr Shakeel A Qureshi – Paediatric Cardiologist Guys & Thomas´s Hospital, London

The Terms of Reference of the Panel are:-

  1. To consider the report of the ERHA in relation to the events of 30 June 2003 at Our Lady´s Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin and to make such further enquiries and conduct such interviews as the Panel considers necessary;
  2. To address the questions raised by the family
  3. To examine protocols and procedures relevant to this incident having regard to prevailing standards of best practice, and to examine their application in this case;
  4. To report to the Minister and to make such recommendations as it sees fit.
  5. Following the Review, both Reports will be made available