Criticizing Tallaght Hospital, The Health Information and Quality Authority, has raised concerns over the hospital’s decision to hire a highly reputed legal firm for challenging an inquiry. Besides this, the watchdog has also pinpointed the measures hospital use to associate with the need for other health agencies, particularly those suffering severe deficits and make use of scarce funds for patient services.
On the other hand, the Tallaght Hospital with the help of A&L Goodbody, its solicitors, has put a question mark on the HIQA investigation and expressed doubts that whether the supervisory body will implement fair procedures for investigation. However, the hospital has nodded to show cooperation with HIQA although, emphasized on the need of transparent investigation and wanted assertion for the same.
The Chief Executive of HIQA, Dr. Tracey Cooper, had responded to the statement and assured that the agency will investigate the case in an adequate manner where the hospital will be evaluated on the parameters of national as well as international evidence-based measures.
Sources confirmed that HIQA has refused the Tallaght demand for record of all interviews carried out during the investigation process and marked it as an unnecessary and expensive burden.