Kerrane in dramatic attack over Seanad health vote
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon Claire Kerrane has launched a blistering attack on Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins.
Ms. Kerrane described Senator Maura Hopkins’ vote against mandatory open disclosure in the Seanad last week as ‘shameful’.
Ms. Kerrane said: “The recent Cervical Smear scandal has raised many questions and highlighted numerous failings within our health service. Glaringly obvious in this is the current voluntary nature of disclosure between medical professionals and their patients.
“Sinn Féin has always called for disclosure between doctors and patients to be mandatory. Patients should be entitled to be fully informed when it comes to their health.
“Last week, Senator Hopkins and her party chose to oppose allowing patients full disclosure from their medical professional. Senator Hopkins chose to vote against introducing a practice of clarity and full information for patients when it comes to their health”. Ms. Kerrane added: “Of course, Fine Gael will cite their own Bill which includes provisions around mandatory disclosure but this is only one part of a vast piece of legislation that will take months to get through. The priority should have been to introduce mandatory open disclosure immediately. It could have been done last week”.
She concluded: “Talking about accountability within the HSE is one thing, but when it comes to doing something about it, Senator Hopkins and her party have chosen not to. Shame on her and her party”.