Doctors said they have received abuse in an emergency department, from families of patients, and on the street. Photograph: iStock

One in three doctors have experienced verbal or physical abuse during Covid-19, a survey has found. Over a third of the 361 doctors in Ireland who re(...)

A “cultural shift” is needed to properly prepare doctors for the introduction of mandatory open disclosure, the organisation providing indemnity cover for the profession has warned.

A “cultural shift” is needed to properly prepare doctors for the introduction of mandatory open disclosure, the organisation providing indemnity cover(...)

While originally promised in the programme for government, the decision to move forward on the clinical negligence review is undoubtedly driven by the revelations of Vicky Phelan and other victims of the CervicalCheck controversy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The decision by Cabinet to establish an expert group on clinical negligence is welcome. To be chaired by Mr Justice Charles Meenan of the High Court, (...)

‘The Government was taking a “prudent” approach, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (above) has said, surely stretching the meaning of that word well beyond its known limits.’  Photograph: Eric Luke

When the troika came to town in late 2010, the Government of the day agreed – as part of the bailout plan – to have an independent regulator for legal(...)

Medical errors occur. When they occur, they need to be acknowledged, both in the direct doctor-patient relationship, but also in formal proceedings lodged in court

I am a solicitor specialising in medical negligence cases. Before practising in Ireland, I was a partner in a London firm which acted for patients who(...)

Last week the Medical Protection Society said large increases in the cost of cover, driven by high legal costs, were driving some doctors out of practice. Photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire.

The Bar Council has rejected claims that excessive legal costs are driving up the cost of medical indemnity and forcing doctors into emigration and r(...)

Pricing doctors out

A “brain drain” of young doctors from the State’s’s public health system has been recently highlighted by the Medical Council. In a new threat, the Jo(...)

Twenty medical consultants gave up private practice last year  because of rapidly rising cost of indemnity cover, an Oireachtas committee has been told

Twenty medical consultants gave up private practice last year and more are expected to do so this year because of the rapidly rising cost of indemnity(...)

The Medical Protection Society, which provides indemnity cover for 16,000 Irish doctors, says “gravy train” legal fees are driving up health costs for patients and forcing doctors to join the “brain drain” leaving Ireland.

Legal fees in most medical negligence cases should be capped to 20 per cent of the award and tough financial penalties imposed on lawyers who bring fo(...)

The  IHCA has expressed grave concern at premium rises introduced by the Medical Protection Society, the UK-based insurer which provides professional indemnity for most Irish consultants, on foot of the surge in claims

Medical negligence claims against consultants rose by one-third in 2012 compared to the previous year, prompting a significant rise in insurance costs(...)