Rising level of case complexities including politics, medicine and the Law

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co Dublin

Date: 10th April 2019

With a number of recent high-profile cases in the Irish healthcare sector this year, as well as recent important legislation changes, and the rise in the complexities of the cases coming through the legal system, all point to a potential legal crisis facing Irish healthcare. This conference will highlight the relevant case studies that can impact current and future legal outcomes, examine new changes to legislation, explore the minefield of legalities within Irish healthcare and with our expert speakers and panel, delegates get to ask relevant questions and discuss potential future outcomes.

This conference is aimed at those executives and professionals at the forefront of healthcare in Ireland, from both the healthcare environment and legal community. The conference attracts these two powerful groups to explore and examine the current situation and future of medical negligence litigation.

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5 Structured CPD Points

This event typically sells out very quick, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the early bird rate Save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €395.00 + VAT (Normal rate €495.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

An overview of current litigation aimed at the healthcare community – the financial provisions required, the likely outcomes if nothing changes and what the conference will be exploring to shed light on the challenges facing all parties in this environment. 

Chairperson: Joice Carthy, Managing Partner at ACL Solicitors

Duty of Candour & Open Disclosure for Adverse Events – Recent Developments

Ensuring that there is a truth and honesty in the aftermath of a mistake in the health system.

  • Background to Duty of Candour
  • HSE Policy of Voluntary Open Disclosure
  • Obligations of Open Disclosure under Civil Liability (Amendment) Act 2017
  • Renewed calls for a Statutory Duty of Candour post Gabriel Scally Report
  • Recent Developments

Speaker: Karen Bohane, Partner Cantillons Solicitors

Disclosure and Discovery: Politics, Medicine and the Law

Speaker: Rhona Mahony, Master, National Maternity Hospital

Moving from the Dark Ages

  • Healthcare Litigation and urgent need for change
  • Reform- An International perspective
  • Progress in Ireland- An update on where we are
  • Litigation in Ireland and Utopia

Speaker: Tom Hayes, Head of Healthcare, Matheson

Commencing a Medical Negligence Case:

  • Expert reports
  • Medical records
  • What a practitioner should look out for when reviewing records.

Speaker: Dr Simon Mills, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Mediation as an Alternative – the Pros and Cons, and Successes to date  

  • Inquests – inquisitorial, non-adversarial to establish the facts;
  • PIAB – where liability is not in issue and transparency and consistency are key;
  • Pre-Action protocols – UK experience;
  • Mediation – 
  • An open environment for sharing, hearing and being heard. Seek to set and manage all parties’ alternate expectations.
  • Agreeing all ‘terms of resolution’, not simply the level of award. Seek agreement acceptable to all parties in a time efficient and dignified manner. 
  • Significant savings in terms of time to resolution, costs, court intervention.
  • How do we bring a parties ‘to the mediation table’? Awareness raising and open discussion with case and working examples shared.

Speaker: Aisling Gannon, Partner, Head of Healthcare, Eversheds Sutherland

Liability for failed screening: Cervical Check and beyond

Speaker: Sarah Reid, Barrister & Author

Case Law Update:

  • Statute of Limitations: Date of knowledge: hospital acquired infections
  • Breach of confidence/Patients’ rights: the test to be met before confidential information regarding a patient can be disclosed to a third party
  • Wrongful birth: first case to succeed in Ireland
  • Vicarious liability: some UK cases which may ultimately have potential implications for doctors and other health care professionals in Ireland
  • Informed consent
  • Deprivation of liberty: patients unlawfully detained – or not
  • Causation: this was a 2017 Court of Justice of the European Union judgment.

Speaker: Anne Conlon, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Speaker Panel Discussion:

Delegates are encouraged to take part in a discussion based on the day’s presentations, this is your chance to ask any questions you may have for our experts, insuring you get the most out of this highly informative day.

This conference will be of interest to most professionals involved in the provision of healthcare and in particular, directors of nursing, doctors, consultants, healthcare service management executives, private sector healthcare providers, nursing home providers, surgeons and surgical consultants, healthcare in house legal teams, executives in regulatory and compliance environments within healthcare, relevant government bodies and obviously legal consultants, solicitors, barristers and professionals within the legal community.

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Dr. Simon Mills

Dr. Simon Mills

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Dr Simon Mills is a barrister, author and former GP, qualifying in Medicine from TCD, in Law from UCD and in Medical Ethics from Imperial College London.

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He has lectured in medical law and medical ethics at the Law Society, RCSI and other third level institutions. He is a regular contributor to the media on topics relating to medical law and medical ethics. He is the author of Clinical Practice and the Law (Bloomsbury, 2nd edn, 2007, 3rd edn in preparation) and the lead author of Disciplinary Procedures in the Statutory Professions (Bloomsbury, 2011). He has a general common law practice, with a particular emphasis on all aspects of clinical law, including professional negligence, disciplinary matters and coroners’ inquests.

Karen BohaneKaren Bohane

Partner, Cantillon Solicitors

Karen holds a BCL (Law and Irish) and LL.M from University College Cork.

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Her Masters Thesis was in the area of Medical Law. Karen joined the Medical Negligence Team in Ernest J. Cantillon Solicitors in October 2010, where she has gained experience representing Plaintiffs in Medical Negligence actions.

Sarah ReidSarah Reid

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Sarah Reid LLB, LLM, BL is a practicing barrister specialising in personal injury and medical negligence.

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In recent years her area of specialisation has expanded to include the overlap between product liability laws, medical devices regulations and clinical negligence. In particular Sarah has focused her research on the defective PIP implants & DePuy recall of the ASR hip replacement system. Sarah is an associate legal expert with the Institute of Public Administration where she delivers specialised training in medical law, judicial review and courtroom skills to the public sector. She also lecturers Product liability law in Trinity College Dublin and is a guest lecturer in clinical negligence for the HSE & the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 2015 Sarah was appointed as legal counsel to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry.

Anne ConlonAnne Conlon

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Anne Conlon BL LLM, MA, MSc, is a practicing barrister working in the area of general practice including medical negligence, employment law and personal injury.

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Prior to being called to the Bar Anne worked for over 20 years as a General Manager in the private healthcare sector – a highly regulated environment.

Anne completed a Master of Laws (Human Rights) at the University of Keele, a Master of Arts (Women’s Studies) at University College Dublin and a Master of Science (Healthcare Management) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In addition, Anne holds qualifications in employment law and data protection law. Anne is a research specialist providing training and research services for several high-profile organisations.

Finally, Anne has served as a Chairperson / director on both healthcare industry and NGO boards – including the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

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