Lourdes Hospital Report

Comments and extracts from Report of the Lourdes Hopital Inquiry into the extraordianry levels of peripartum hysterectomy there, carried out by Dr. Neary and others.

A Vignette From Dr. Neary’s Heyday

Miss Fitz was a student midwife in Lourdes hospital while Dr. Neary was the consultant there. I recall so vividly a day that this man was going to do the ward rounds. Well in advance, we were sent around to all the women, whose beds formed a U-shape down the walls and across the bottom. There were probably about 30 or so in the ward, and we had to pull their nightdresses above their ‘bumps’ to their chest, and the …

Continue Reading »

Posted in General, Lourdes Hospital Report | Tagged , , , ,

Doctors Push Back in Neary affair

Neary Apologia Pg 1 Originally uploaded by Editor_Tupp. While the rest of Blogland have been discussing page 3 of this week’s Sunday Times, I was more interested in the story that ran on the Front page, and carried on to page 2 under the heading “Neary was let down by state“. Here, amongst other interesting remarks, Peter Boylan, consultant obstetrician at Holles Street hospital is quoted as saying “Fundamentally, Neary is a good man. To condemn the rate of hysterectomies …

Continue Reading »

Posted in General, Lourdes Hospital Report | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Irish Times Article – Consultants who cleared Neary face inquiry

Irish Times Article – Consultants who cleared Neary face inquiry I look forward to seeing the outcome of this. They were not named in Judge Harding Clark’s report but The Irish Times has established that they were: Prof Walter Prendiville, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Coombe Women’s Hospital in Dublin; Dr John Murphy, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street; and Dr Bernard Stuart of the Coombe Women’s Hospital. According to Judge Harding Clark’s report, …

Continue Reading »

Posted in Lourdes Hospital Report | Tagged , , , , ,

Seanad Debate on Lourdes Report

Copernicus, of the thoughtful Midnight Court quotes Senator Geraldine Feeney’s statement regarding Michael Neary. I’ll repeat some of those quotes here. All of them are worth reading. He also suggested that Senator Mary Henry’s statement, made as both a Senator and a Doctor, might be of interest. I think it is and I reproduce sections of it below. It is worth reading in its entirety. But first, a small attempt at justification. The Lourdes Hospital Report was published on 28th …

Continue Reading »

Posted in Lourdes Hospital Report, Tuppenceworth.ie |

Reconstruction of Neary’s Fitness to Practice Hearings

Maman Poulet tells me that Vincent Browne is running reconstructions of Micheal Neary’s Fitness to Practice hearings. These are the hearings of the Irish Medical Council, not evidence from the Lourdes Inquiry report. She quotes a line from Neary, telling women what he had done; “I took away the cradle and left the playpen”. I am sick to my stomach even letting it into my mind. Misogyny is wrapped around every word like a snake. It prompts memories of a …

Continue Reading »

Posted in Lourdes Hospital Report | Tagged , , , ,

Commentary on Lourdes Report

From Sarah Carey’s valuable reflection on the meaning of the Neary scandal The Neary saga could only happen where an authority — be it religious, civil, medical or military — is permitted to operate without question and where professionals instinctively cover up for each other. The young midwives who eventually complained successfully about Neary were not the first. There had been others. On each occasion, Neary’s colleagues could be counted on to reassure the complainant that everything was fine. It …

Continue Reading »

Posted in General, Lourdes Hospital Report |

The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry

Readers ought to be aware that the editor may have a new bee buzzing about his bonnet. To add to his usual mix of fretting over Digital Rights and access to the Four Courts he has decided to take a closer look at the Lourdes Hospital Inquiry Report. I have attempted to find a copy of this report online. I have failed. Anyone who can point it out to me wins some kind of prize. Probably a Caffrey’s Macaroon Bar. …

Continue Reading »

Posted in General, Lourdes Hospital Report |