Damage limitation: the medical negligence dilemma

Damage limitation: the medical negligence dilemma

Critics claim that payouts in medical negligence cases are far higher in Ireland than in many other countries. While some believe this is necessary to take care of catastrophically injured patients, others say the current system, which pits patients against doctors, needs a radical rethink

15th December, 2019

On average, mammograms will not detect about ten in every hundred women with breast cancer. So explained Professor Arnie Hill at a Dáil committee as the Dublin-based surgeon bluntly highlighted an issue with Ireland’s medical negligence culture.

“In this country, those ten women, if they got good solicitors, could get a large sum of money ranging up to €1 million. I suspect that sum will go higher in the years ahead....

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