A nine-year-old boy left brain damaged and permanently disabled after a failure to diagnose an infection when he was a baby has settled his High Court action against Temple Street Children's Hospital, Dublin with a final record damages payment of €25m.
2-year-old Zac Higgins suffered a broken collarbone and shoulder blade, and a bleed to the brain after being struck by a car while playing at about 3.50pm on Monday in Castle Meadows estate on the Skehard Road in Mahon.
Health Minister Simon Harris has attempted to avoid a repeat of the national maternity hospital fiasco by insisting a new national children’s hospital will be “secular” and completely devoid of any religious control.
Irish hospitals may soon be unable to guarantee “routine” services as a basic right to patients due to the severe strain record-breaking new waiting list figures are putting on the system.
Rural Independent TDs have called for the Government to cancel plans to build a new national children’s hospital in Dublin city centre, warning the location will fail to help children and teenagers in genuine need.
Brian O’Driscoll was on the scene in Edinburgh four years ago when Paddy Jackson’s Ireland debut veered off script but the retired centre believes the Ulster man’s progress has been such there is no reason for Ireland to panic in Jonathan Sexton’s absence this Saturday.