Saturday December 7, 2019

Failure to establish vaccine compensation scheme to cost taxpayers dearly

Independent TD says delay is due to ‘a culture in Ireland that medics are always right and could never be wrong’

1st December, 2019
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Mary and Aoife Bennett. Aoife settled her case for an undisclosed amount last month. Picture: Collins Courts

Eight years before Aoife Bennett was given an anti-swine flu vaccination in the library of her secondary school in Naas, the state was warned to establish a no-fault vaccination compensation scheme at the earliest possible date.

While the recommendation lay dormant, a swine flu pandemic threatened to sweep across the world in 2009, causing greater devastation than the Spanish Flu which wiped out 100 million people in the early 20th century.

In response to the global panic,...

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