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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expresses serious concern on alleged failures at Temple Street Hospital
Coleman Legal LLP
September 20, 2023
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expresses deep concern over severe complications from spinal surgeries at Temple Street Children’s Hospital, prompting a comprehensive review by a UK expert into the incidents and use of unapproved devices.

Taoiseach reacts to serious surgical issues at Temple Street Hospital

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has today reacted to the reports of serious surgical implications among children who have undergone spinal operations at Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Asked about the recent shocking reports of complications experienced by children who had surgery performed by one consultant at the Temple Street Hospital, Mr Varadkar stated:

“The more and more I read about it, the more concerned I am and the more bothered I am. I do not want to jump to conclusions which must be investigated thoroughly. And I know there will also be an examination by the Medical Council. If you have a child awaiting surgery, you think if they get the surgery, that is going to make them better, not worse. It seems that some of these surgeries were performed incorrectly, and children suffered and were harmed as a result. That is unbelievably serious. “But the kind of things I am hearing about and reading about, if true, extend well beyond malpractice. They are very, very serious indeed, and children have been harmed as a result.”

Mr Varadkar’s statement comes in response to the shocking announcement by the HSE of the appointment of a UK expert to review surgeries carried out at CHI Temple Street Hospital following internal and external reviews into higher than expected complication rates in complex spinal surgery among spina bifida patients.

The reviews also identified non-medically approved devices, namely compression springs, used in surgery. Mr Selvadurai Nayagam, Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma and Head of the Limb Construction Unit at the Royal Liverpool University and Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospitals, will review the matter.

The HSE states that they expect the review to be carried out before the end of the year but does not give an expected completion date.

The Medical Negligence Team at Coleman Legal LLP is highly experienced and competent in clinical negligence. We will discuss your situation with you in complete confidence.

If you are concerned about the clinical care that your child received while undergoing spinal surgery in Temple Street Hospital, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We will advise you as to your legal rights and support you throughout the entire process. Learn more.

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