A new group, which has been established to promote patient safety and access to justice for the victims of medical negligence has been launched in Dublin.
Liam Moloney, Solicitor Naas is a member of the new Medical Injuries Alliance group. The MIA has been established to advocate for access to justice for patients injured during medical procedures, to campaign for openness and transparency from the medical profession when mistakes are made, and to promote a deeper awareness of the circumstances surrounding medical accidents so that improvements can be made in patient safety in Irish Hospitals and medical settings.
The three immediate aims of the MIA are:
- To establish a duty of candour in Ireland on a statutory basis.
- To improve access to justice for victims of medical negligence.
- To promote patient safety by understanding the causes and consequences of medical accidents.
Speaking today, Liam Moloney, Solicitor said “Victims of medical negligence often find that the odds are stacked against them. It is difficult for them to get information about what has happened to them when they are injured. It is difficult also to find doctors willing to give evidence on their behalf. Many patients have to go to the expense of instructing experts in the United Kingdom and without the benefit of legal aid, it can be sometimes impossible for victims to get justice.”