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 was Dr O’Brien, Neary’s colleague, who dismissed the matron’s attempts to raise the issue in 1979. In 1998, three outside obstetricians said Neary’s practice was legitimate. Their names don’t appear in the report.
From George Bernard Shaw:
Every profession is a conspiracy against the laity.