The recommendations contained in the HIQA report into the circumstances surrounding the failed transportation of Meadhbh McGivern for a liver transplant in London on July 2nd must be strictly enforced, Deputy Billy Kelleher said today.

Deputy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil’s Health Spokesman, has welcomed the publication of the HIQA report and endorsed all 17 national recommendations contained in it, principally the establishment of a National Aeromedical Coordination Centre to be based within the HSE National Ambulance Service.

“HIQA has been very clear in its findings that no one person or agency was in charge or accountable of the night of July 2nd when Meadhbh McGivern and her family needed urgent air transport to King’s College Hospital in London for a liver transplant.  This has had extremely serious implications for Meadhbh since and the report’s conclusions are very worrying.

“I welcome Minister Reilly’s statement today that what happened to the McGivern family must not be allowed to happen again.

Commenting on the recommendation for a National Aeromedical Coordination Centre to be established within the HSE National Ambulance Control Centre Deputy Kelleher said, “HIQA has recommended that this new centre become the single point of accountability for pulling together all types of air ambulance assistance for patients that need to be transported out of Ireland for transplants.  This is very welcome and I look forward to it being established within the recommended two months from today.”

Deputy Kelleher said: “The HSE is required to engage with relevant agencies to coordinate an implementation plan for the recommendations in the HIQA report within the next four weeks.  I look forward to the publication of this implementation plan within the next month.

“Again I would like to pay tribute to Meadhbh and the McGivern family for their strength and courage through this difficult time for them and extend by best wishes to Meadhbh for her health.”