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Varadkar orders overhaul of ‘adversarial’ state medical negligence claims system

The existing claims environment is widely regarded as too lengthy, too confrontational and too expensive

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
6th May, 2018
HSE director general Tony O’Brien with then Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in 2015 Pic: RollingNews

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has instructed the attorney general, the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Health to initiate a review of the adversarial system for medical negligence claims, in the aftermath of the Vicky Phelan cancer case.

The move could see an overhaul of the much-maligned system, which sees patients dragged through protracted legal battles to get compensated for medical negligence.

The existing claims environment is widely regarded as too lengthy, too confrontational and...

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