‘Obvious Health And Safety And Infection Issues’


Letter to the HSE last July; Taoisech Leo Varadkar earlier this week; tweets from former Senator Professor John Crown this morning

This morning, The Irish Times, reported that, last July, group chief operations officer in the South/South West Hospital Group Dr Gerard O’Callaghan sent a letter to the HSE saying he was  “appalled at the poor condition” of the University Hospital Waterford’s mortuary.

He also told the HSE there were “obvious health and safety and infection issues” at the mortuary. He sent the letter a day after visiting the mortuary.

This follows a press release from the SSWH group earlier this week stating there was “no evidence” to support claims made about the mortuary by four pathologists last October and that no staff member ever made any complaint about the mortuary’s conditions.

It also follows Taoiseach Leo Varadkar saying “no evidence has been brought forward to support” the claims – as reported by journalist Darren Skelton, of the Waterford News and Star.

The four pathologists claimed that the conditions at the mortuary are so bad “most bodies lie on trolleys in corridors, often leaking body fluids onto the floor”.

Senior hospital official ‘appalled’ at condition of Waterford mortuary (Eoghan Dalton, David Raleigh, The Irish Times)

Previously: Pathological Behaviour

Dying On Air

‘Ill-Judged And Inaccurate’

The Dead Can Wait

Top pic: Darren Skelton


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15 thoughts on “‘Obvious Health And Safety And Infection Issues’

  1. curmudgeon

    I really want to know who in the HSE declined the FOI request for the letters. We need public accountability or coverups will be the norm along with massive state payouts when they get caught. Its always anonymous HSE statements, we need to get their names.

      1. curmudgeon

        Thanks but that was not exactly what I was getting at. In every broadcast it is always a “statement from the HSE” or “a spokesperson from the HSE”. That is not OK, RTE in particular shield the persons responsibile by propagating the mythos of the HSE as an irreducible entity.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        I also wonder how he got ‘awarded’ extra points a couple of months into his University course (Law I think), to enable him study daddy’s and mammys and sisters medicine

        1. Cian

          That was due to an accident with a time machine and that “incident” with the lizard people.

      2. Stephen

        I’ve heard from staff in a hospital where he worked for his internship he was useless.
        Not saying it is easy to get through a medical degree but nor is it a sign of great intelligence.

        He is fierce arrogant, I used to be a bit of a fan of his, but I’ve little to no respect for him anymore.

  2. Dr.Fart MD

    today alone, he’s on broadsheet for three different failings. Yet I’ve no doubt he’ll be voted back in. Irish voters would frustrate ya to death.

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