Press Release

Statement regarding Medical Council´s investigation into complaints against Dr. Michael Neary, former Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

Mr Micheál Martin T.D. Minister for Health and Children has said that he is shocked and appalled at the findings of the Medical Council´s investigation into complaints against Dr. Michael Neary, former Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

“The report is a dreadful indictment of the treatment of the women concerned” said the Minister “they have been scarred, both physically and emotionally, and their family lives have been devastated”.

The Minister today met with the Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the North Eastern Health Board which took over ownership of the hospital from the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1998. They informed the Minister that the Board has engaged clinical risk management consultants from the United Kingdom to undertake a quality assurance review of current practice at the maternity unit at the hospital. They also briefed the Minister on the measures now in place to improve clinical governance and enhance risk management procedures and protocols.

The Minister also revealed that the draft Heads of Bill for the new Medical Practitioner´s Act are very near to completion. It will provide for the establishment of a Competence Assurance scheme to promote the highest standards of medical practice into the future. The Bill will also increase the level of public representation on the Council and its committees and enhance the Fitness to Practice function.

The Minister has arranged to meet with Patient Focus, the patient support group, later this month. Following that meeting, he intends to bring proposals to Government in relation to addressing wider issues arising from the report of the Medical Council.