“As doctors, as husbands, as human beings, I think we would have to be appalled by what happened,” said Dr Oslizlok.
He believed lessons had been learned “by all sides” from the exposure of the full horror of what happened during Dr Neary’s tenure at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda over 25 years.
He was commenting on RTÉ’s dramatisation of the Neary scandal that highlighted the IHCA’s role in defending the doctor who was found guilty of professional conduct and struck off in 2003.
Dr Oslizlok said there was more transparency in the medical profession since the publication of the Lourdes Hospital Inquiry Report in 2006 but was anxious to see all of the recommendations implemented: “There is a far greater sense of openness and a willingness to take a colleague aside if things are not right and there are structures in hospitals to do that.”
The IHCA called in three obstetricians to review Dr Neary’s practice and after looking at the medical records of nine women.
The doctors produced reports opposing the suspension of Dr Neary, pending a review by the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Dublin, and on the basis that Dr Neary agreed to not perform any more caesarean hysterectomies without the agreement of another consultant.
IHCA secretary general Finbarr Fitzpatrick said that any representative body would be expected to give “appropriate assistance” to a member who asked for it and that was what happened in Dr Neary’s case.
“Everybody accepts that if we were as wise then as we are today, things would be very different,” he said.
Mr Fitzpatrick said that “a number of IHCA presidents” had apologised to the women damaged by Dr Neary.