Written Answers - Medical Inquiries.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 697 No. 2

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  49.  Deputy Pat Rabbitte  Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the progress she has made in the establishment of an inquiry into the alleged abuse carried out by a doctor (details supplied) in the north east; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45557/09]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I met with the support group, Dignity 4 Patients, on 29 October 2009 to inform them of my decision, in consultation with the Cabinet and the Attorney General, to establish an independent review to examine whether further investigation into the case of Mr. Michael Shine would be of public benefit. I also made a commitment to the group to establishing a full statutory investigation should this review so recommend it.

The Terms of Reference for this review, which I announced on 29 October 2009, are as follows:

I am satisfied that these terms of reference allow the review to give support groups, including Dignity 4 Patients, and of course all concerned groups and individuals, an opportunity to engage with the process, present their views, be heard in full and have those views taken into account in the outcome of the review.

I hope to be in a position to confirm who will be the independent person undertaking the review very shortly.


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