Leo shies away from ‘name and shame’ and de­nies U-turn on open dis­clo­sure

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By John Lee and Craig Hughes

THE Taoiseach does not want to name and shame doc­tors or HSE ex­ec­u­tives who failed women af­fected by the con­tro­versy – and has de­nied do­ing a U-turn on open dis­clo­sure.

‘Well I don’t know what you mean by nam­ing and sham­ing,’ he said. ‘What is pro­posed in the Scally re­port is that the women who would like to have an­other meet­ing with those doc­tors should be fa­cil­i­tated in hav­ing that, and that’s an op­por­tu­nity for the doc­tors to get it right this time, to be open and can­did, to be com­pas­sion­ate, and to apol­o­gise for not hav­ing told the women about the au­dit when they could have done so.’

While Min­is­ter for Health, Leo Varad­kar in­di­cated he would be in­tro­duc­ing a pol­icy of open dis­clo­sure. In 2015 he said: ‘It is my in­ten­tion to leg­is­late for it in the Health In­for­ma­tion Bill, and to make it a le­gal re­quire­ment that there be open dis­clo­sure and a duty of can­dour, which I think is just right.’

Last Novem­ber, the Govern­ment voted against leg­is­la­tion forc­ing doc­tors to tell pa­tients about all their mis­takes.

Asked about open dis­clo­sure this week, Mr Varad­kar said: ‘I ex­plained that be­fore, it wasn’t a U-turn, we made a par­tic­u­lar set of de­ci­sions that we would en­sure that it was pol­icy first, and it has been pol­icy for a very long time. And se­condly that we would leg­is­late to pro­tect open dis­clo­sure on a vol­un­tary ba­sis and we would then leg­is­late... for manda­tory open dis­clo­sure.’

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