Tuesday July 7, 2020

Gabriel Scally: compensation scheme needed for medical errors

CervicalCheck investigator claims patients not well served by legal system and calls for a lift on ban on complaints about clinical treatment

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
17th November, 2019
Dr Gabriel Scally: health system ‘not fit for purpose’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Dedicated compensation schemes should be set up for patients failed by Ireland’s screening programmes and damaged by vaccines, the doctor who led the inquiry into CervicalCheck has said.

Writing in today’s newspaper, Dr Gabriel Scally urged the government to overhaul the existing “not fit for purpose” system. He said a vaccine damage compensation scheme should be established for “the very rare cases of harm associated with immunisation” and that this should be combined...

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