Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

Time to let our watchdogs bark loudly

What is the point of having watchdogs like Hiqa and GSOC if they are muzzled?

Welcome to revolution. The public row between the HSE and the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) is a typical example of how Ireland is now governed.

In response to a RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme in January 2014, the then minister for health, James Reilly, commissioned the chief medical officer to investigate. Tony Holohan’s findings concurred with the RTÉ programme. The programme reported that four full-term babies died in Portlaoise Hospital between 2006 and...

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