Thursday February 27, 2020

Varadkar told mandatory disclosure would be ‘counter-productive’

Patient safety unit advised the then Minister for Health that a legal duty to report errors would not foster a ‘culture of open disclosure’

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
27th May, 2018

The Department of Health’s patient safety unit advised Leo Varadkar that the introduction of mandatory open disclosure in the health service would be “counterproductive”.

The unit advised the then health minister that a legal duty to report should not be included in the Health Information Bill in a memo in May 2015.

The memo was released by the department in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal, which has prompted the government to...

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