In Ireland, reports on breast cancer reviews indicate ‘serious weaknesses in governance, management and communication’ caused ‘unecessary anxiety for many women’.

Mary Harney T.D., Irish Minister for Health and Children, has published two reports relating to breast cancer services at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise – a press release can be viewed here.

Several patients suffered a delay in their diagnosis of cancer and this caused serious distress to the patients and their families. One of the reports concluded that there were ‘serious weaknesses in governance, management and communication……[that] resulted in unecessary anxiety for many women.’

Minister Harney and the Chairman of the HSE’s Board “have discussed the need to optimise the HSE’s operational capability by addressing issues such as;

– robust governance and management structures, processes and procedures

– clear reporting relationships and lines of accountability

– having permanent top level managers in key posts

– good systems of delegation; and 

– a strong sense of corporate identity which permeates all levels of the organisation.”

The reports and associated letters can be downloaded at the following web addresses:

www.dohc.ie/publications/doherty_report.html www.dohc.ie/publications/fitzgerald_report.html www.dohc.ie/publications/downey_letter.html www.dohc.ie/publications/fitzgerald_letter.html

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