Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Butcher of Drogheda?

Oh I know this headline could be seen in the Star or even the Daily IRISH Mail (shudder) but I think it needs to be said.  The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry - An Inquiry into peripartum hysterectomy at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda can be viewed here.

129 women had peripartum hysterectomies (removal of womb following a caeserean birth) when most consultant obstetricians would maybe perform 10 in their lifetime.

Michael Neary survived as a consultant because others would not speak out. He survived because he was a powerful man operating on women who were having babies or otherwise in positions where they could not speak out. He was deemed to know best. Other obstetricians also were involved in the cover up because getting one Irish doctor to speak out against another is impossible. This was also a doctor who feared blood?

Nobody shouted stop and many womens lives have been ruined by his actions.  Files are missing and the statute of limitations has passed for many women. But this is not about money or compensation as no amount could adequately compensate for the needless losses faced by these women.

And if the patients were male and it was some major part of their anatomy involved would questions have been raised sooner and something done?  In listening to medical ethicists speaking today I was reminded that Harold Shipman’s victims were mainly female.


At 20:40, Blogger EWI said...

Indeed, and remember Hepatitis C. I was delighted that Noonan got filleted by the RTÉ dramatisation of it, and his whining on how 'unfairly' he'd been treated was music.

Though not much use to sick and dying women.


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