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World Health expert blasts Ireland over patient safety record

Margaret Murphy attacks decision to abandon open disclosure legislation

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

24th January, 2016
Margaret Murphy, who heads up the WHO’s global group on patient safety Picture:Rollingnews

A key World Health Organisation (WHO) expert has blasted the government for reneging on commitments it made on patient safety.

Margaret Murphy, who heads up the WHO’s global group on patient safety, described as “outrageous” the Fine Gael/Labour government’s decision to abandon legislation that would force healthcare staff to disclose mistakes to patients.

“Mandatory open disclosure is absolutely critical,” said Murphy, who is chief of WHO’s Patients for...

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