Clare TD, Dr. Michael Harty launched a stinging attack on the HSE in the Dáil on their handling of the “Grace” case.
“The Grace case illustrates a lack of proper governance, accountability and transparency within the HSE. It amply illustrates the dysfunctionality that exists in the HSE.”
“HSE management has lost the trust and respect of the general public, which depends on it to provide good governance and good leadership,” he said.
Dr Harty said the Grace case illustrates what happens in the HSE when a problem is found.
“First, there is a failure to recognise that a problem exists even though it is readily identifiable. The HSE continues to compound the error when it has been identified. It denies that the problem exists even when whistleblowers have uncovered the shortcomings. It sets up commissions of inquiry – and in this case two commissions of inquiry – and then delays the publication for several years on the grounds of due process and legal constraints.”
“It [HSE] has become impersonal, detached and unresponsive in human terms. Bureaucracy is more important than patient outcomes and proper service delivery. Patients become service users and doctors, nurses and allied professionals become service providers,” he added.