Probe into alleged sex assault on girl in ward at CUH

Probe into alleged sex assault on girl in ward at CUH

The Head of the Irish Patients Association (IPA) is calling for an inquiry to be carried out into the admittance of a 15-year-old girl into an all-male ward at Cork University Hospital (CUH) where a sexual assault is alleged to have taken place.

Gardaí are investigating the incident, which is said to have taken place on the 15-year-old female at 5am on Monday morning in the CUH all-male ward.

The young girl, who was being treated for serious injuries from an accident earlier this month, told gardaí she was sleeping in her bed when a man approached her and sexually assaulted her.

The girl alleged that the man asked her for a kiss before she was able to raise the alarm.

Two nurses on duty elsewhere in the ward were alerted to the issue and came to assist.

Head of the Irish Patients Association Stephen McMahon said the important thing to assess at this time was what considerations were made about a young person being admitted to an all-male ward.

That is not casting dispersions on anyone in the ward, it is just the appropriateness of having a young girl in an all-male ward who is probably already anxious about whatever condition she is being treated for.

he said he would be shocked if there was not an inquiry into how the decision was made to admit the young girl.

“The issue is the protection of a child, particularly in an enterprise of a state. There certainly needs to be an inquiry, not just into the decision, but also was there any additional provision put on because they knew there was a vulnerable person in the ward?

"What other options were there? Had all options been explored?”

A man, whom gardaí wish to interview, was in having surgery at the time and it is reported that he is currently not fit for questioning by gardaí.

A spokesperson for Cork University Hospital said:

Cork University Hospital (CUH) is co-operating with Gardaí authorities in their investigation into an incident that allegedly took place in the hospital in the early hours of the 14th May.

Evening Echo


More in this Section

Man who assaulted son and exposed him to heroin use jailed for one yearMan who assaulted son and exposed him to heroin use jailed for one year

Belfast researchers join project to help improve sight-saving treatmentsBelfast researchers join project to help improve sight-saving treatments

Four of 16 greyhound tracks to close after review of industry's futureFour of 16 greyhound tracks to close after review of industry's future

34 motorists suspected of breaking traffic laws have cases struck out34 motorists suspected of breaking traffic laws have cases struck out


Lifestyle

Sating the festive appetite is what Christmas is all about, here Joe McNamee takes us through the best culinary delights that are produced right here on our doorstep.Want to give local this Christmas? Joe McNamee rounds up the the country's very best food produce

Architect and artist Harry Wallace tells Eve Kelliher how his style has evolved.How a lifetime as an architect has inspired Cork artist Harry Wallace

Don’t let present stress ruin your run-up to Christmas. Pat Fitzpatrick has done all the hard work with this tongue-in-cheek gift guide for every budget, so you can tick everyone off your list and get down to enjoying yourself for the festive season.Gift stressbuster: We sort out who gets what and why

It’s not what you have that makes you happy, it’s what you do. And what better time to be proactive than during the season of goodwill, says Margaret Jennings.Joy to the world: Strategies to increase your happiness during the season of goodwill

More From The Irish Examiner