Breaches of trust by the State can no longer be tolerated

As published in Irish Independent – Author Christy Galligan {Donegal North Branch}

What type of society are we when we can condemn mothers like Vicky Phelan to death because State apparatchiks hide the truth from them?

The hierarchy within the HSE is one of those, it’s out of control and using taxpayers’ money to defend hiding the truth from unfortunate victims. There is also Government complicity in some decisions.

I listened to Dr Gibbons, who was in quality assurance for the cervical screening checks within the HSE, say he brought his concerns regarding the inherent dangers imposed by the US-type check being used.

His concerns were not listened to and dismissed.

We now see that out of more than 200 further checks, 17 women within that group have since died. Cause of death as yet unknown, though I can hazard a guess.

Last week we saw Vicky, the mother of two young children, standing on the steps of the High Court after dragging the HSE through a legal quagmire just to get to the truth.

As Vicky stated, there was “an appalling breach of trust”. This seriously understates the gravity of the crime perpetrated against her and her family.

Let’s not forget Brigid McCole and other women who were sentenced to death by a State and system that would rather fight and delay rather than tell the truth.

No amount of money will compensate them or any of those families for the loss of their lives.

I heard one clinician for the HSE repeat the words “education” and “international best practice” several times when interviewed, but would not answer directly the core question: Why the delay?

Whose head should roll for this serious breach of trust?

Who will be held accountable? There is now a need to hold corporations and services like the HSE to account under the law when they are involved in serious breaches and malpractice.

We need to have legislation brought in without delay so those in charge can be investigated and charged with corporate malfeasance or manslaughter.

These faceless people need to be exposed and if they are found to have withheld vital information concerning risks to patients, then they should be investigated and charged and have to face the full rig our soft he law and the courts, similar to what they put their victims through.

This would send a serious message that these breach es of trust will not be entertained where a person’s life is put at risk or worse.

We hear the words equality, good governance and accountability, but all I hear is lies, obfuscation and death.

Christy Galligan Letterkenny, Co Donegal

GSRMA Donegal North

5 Responses to Breaches of trust by the State can no longer be tolerated

  1. John Brennan May 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    I agree wholeheartedly with Christy’s comments. It is absolutely shocking what has gone on. Hardly a week goes by without some unfortunate family receiving a multi million euro settlement in the courts for cases of medical negligence invariably awarded on a “no liability accepted” basis and often with confidentiality clauses.
    No one ever seems to be dismissed or disciplined for these terrible cases of negligence.

    Of course the H.S.E. was established to remove the health service from the influence of piliticians on the various Health Boards who were using their positions to try and get Medical Cards for those not entitled, get their constituents higher up waiting lists etc.

  2. Eugene May 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Unfortunately nobody will be held accountable here , as is usual . Tony O’Brien will be allowed to retire and walk away with a load of loot without even a whimper from anyone in Dáil Éireann. This debacle was brought about by Mary Harneyorrney back in 2008 . She gave a contract to a US Company because it was 1/3 the cost of the proper screening test. Holding back the information was the pits, jail terms are required here, never mind sackings.Harris is a real disgrace of a Minister, as is Murphy in Housing and Creed in Agri.
    Someone needs to ask a parliamentary question,– How many Millions have been paid out in Compensation owner the past 10 years due to incompetences by people in the Health Services, Doctors , Hospitals, Nursinghomes ect. , and of course NOBODY is held accountable,- settled without admission of liability, whatever that means?.

  3. timothy May 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    I find it very peculiar that the full medical history of patients is not made available to them or a nominated referee in a clear and transparent manner. There must be unambiguous political accountability from the HSE. It’s not acceptable for politicians to hear of such matter from news reports.

  4. Arthur O June 6, 2018 at 11:14 pm #

    A dreadful criminal breach of trust by the State. The head of state and many others close to the top should resign in shame immediately.

    Because the HSE is a very big slush fund I done a little bit of researc into HSE finances for 2016 in respect of salary and salary related payments and expenses.

    The highest paid individual in the Health Service Executive received a salary, in 2016, of almost €600,000.

    That person earned more than three times the annual salary of €185,000 enjoyed by both then Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the HSE’s director general Tony O’Brien.

    The overall spend at the HSE in 2016 amounted to €14.57bn, a rise of 5%.

    The total pay bill in 2016 increased by 4% from €4.9bn to €5.1bn – that is an incredible pay bill and is unacceptable.

    During 2016, numbers employed by the HSE increased from 107,275 to 110,258.

    Pay to key management personnel at the HSE, made up of the directorate, in 2016 totalled €1.23m — down from the €1.42m paid out in 2015.

    HSE accounts also reveal the spend on lump sum pension payments to those retiring in 2016 totalled €108.3m, a 9% rise on the €99.58m paid out in 2015.

    The spend on agency staff also increased by 7%, increasing from €259.29m to €277.33m while the HSE’s overtime bill increased by 16.5% from €127.74m to €148.9m.

    Under ‘pay’, the HSE’s ‘night-time’ allowance bill increased by €10m to €73m while the spend on ‘weekend’ allowances declined from €164m to €160m.

    Elsewhere, the accounts show that the HSE’s spend on legal and professional fees increased by 28.6% going from €47m to €60.5m.

    One other staff member received a salary in excess of €550,000, and that was to another unnamed individual who received between €560,000 and €570,000.

    No employee at the HSE had earned in excess of €550,000 in 2015.

    In 2016, nine HSE staff members received pay between €300,000 and €370,000.

    In total, 2,243 HSE workers in 2016 received over €100,000 in pay, compared to 2,124 in that earning bracket in 2015 — a rise of 119. What the hell are they all doing?

    The majority of the high earners are medical consultants, although no breakdown is provided between consultants and others.

    Details, however, do show 24 staff received between €250,000 and €300,000 while 207 staff were in receipt of salaries between €200,000 and €250,000.

    A further 1,070 earned between €150,000 and €200,000 and 931 between €100,000 and €150,000.

    It is not acceptable that so much money is spent on salaries and expenses for personnel.

    I have heard it said that some people who are working for the HSE never turn in to work and some are not even known by fellow employees.

  5. Arthur O June 16, 2018 at 1:40 am #

    See Irish Examiner report for 2017 on HSE expenditure and payments…

    Senior HSE clinical manager earns almost €1m in pay in 2017.

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