Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has welcomed the decision of the Oireachtas Health Committee to unanimously support her motion to call before it representatives from the HSE and the Medical Missionaries of Mary to discuss the fallout from the Michael Shine abuse case at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
“There was a very welcome development in the Shine case earlier this week, when victims reached a multi-million euro settlement with the Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM), which ran Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital when the alleged abuse took place.
“However a number of questions remain. The HSE needs to explain what changes in practices and processes have been implemented at the hospital in light of the striking off of Mr Shine. The public needs to be reassured that patient safety concerns are being adequately addressed.
“I want to ask the HSE whether its new standards on patient safety are being implemented at the Lourdes Hospital, and what steps the Executive is taking to prevent something like the Shine case from ever happening against. We need to know if further changes are required.
“The MMM have a serious case to answer. The order needs to explain what happened to the IR£1 million fund which was set up as part of an agreement to sell the hospital to the then North Eastern Health Board. The fund was intended to meet the needs of victims of Michael Shine, but it is unclear what has happened to the money.
“The MMM also need to explain why they consistently failed to act in the best interests of the victims. It is a sad fact that the actions of a few have tarnished the reputations of many within the order.
“I look forward to vigorously addressing these issues with both the HSE and the MMM when they appear before the Committee.”