The doctor's diagnosis

  • 8 November 2006
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Dr John Owens is charged with overhauling Ireland's outdated mental-health system. However, he must first tackle the prejudices of his colleagues and the state. He talks to Justine McCarthy

The shocking scandal of official indifference and negligence on the care of the elderly

The report we publish in this issue of Village (in edited form) is a truly shocking indictment, not just of the Leas Cross nursing home itself, but, far more significantly, the public health system – the health boards, the HSE and the Department of Health and Children. The scale of negligence and indifference of the Department, the Health Boards (as they were) and the HSE are bordering on the criminal.