Wednesday October 28, 2020

Intimations of mortality

The Minister for Health is pushing to publish mortality data for the first time in Ireland - but this sensitive and complex process is meeting resistance, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

24th August, 2013
Philip Crowley, HSE national director for quality and patient safety. Photo: Feargal Ward

Earlier this year, it emerged that hundreds of hospital patients died as a result of substandard care and staff failings at two hospitals in Mid Staffordshire in England between January 2005 and March 2009.

In the wards, people lay starving, thirsty and in soiled bedclothes.

Patients' buzzers beeped endlessly, unanswered.

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