Chronology of Events in relation to Organ Retention Inquiry
Mid 1999 Investigation into cardiac surgery practice on children at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Dec 1999 Inquiry into organ retention in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
May 1999: Contact from Our Lady’s Hosptial Crumlin re pathology and post mortem practice
Dec 1999 PFJ meetings with Minister
Apr 2000: Government Decision setting up Inquiry.
Apr 2000: Ms Anne Dunne appointed Chairman.
Feb 2001: Public Notice published, setting out terms of reference of Inquiry and inviting submissions.
Mar 2001: Terms of Reference and Interpretation Published. Contact invited. “Six months N/A. Now 18 months”
Jun 2001: Department commenced Discovery.
Aug 2001: Memorandum on procedures received in Department.
Sept 2002: 18 months time-frame had expired. Minister requested a meeting with Ms Anne Dunne. This happened in early September – Minister requested a progress report.
2 Oct 02 Ms Dunne’s progress report received by Minister – although substantial progress no definitive timeframe for completion of her work – a lot more work outstanding. Co-operation forthcoming from all parties
16 Oct 2002: Minister’s meeting with Parents for Justice – he assured them of his commitment to resolve any difficulties, but they decided to withdraw from the Inquiry process
2004: Minister calls on PFJ to co-operate. Chairman informs Minister that she has sufficient involvement of parents to conclude her report. Minister expects paediatric report by the end of the year