Hospitals fail in duty to disclose

Openness and transparency are fundamental entitlements of all patients who avail of healthcare, writes Raymond Bradley.

21st October, 2006

Another week, yet another incident involving blood products in our hospitals. Up to 100 children who were patients of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin, in the early 1990s are being recalled for hepatitis C tests, because a test used was not sensitive enough.

The revelation that delayed disclosure of failures in blood safety policy has resulted in the risk of former patients being infected, is another indication of the paternalistic...

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