Print NewsHealthDutch authorities to investigate Limerick woman’s deathBy Bernie English – August 3, 2019 1598 Linkedin Twitter The late Adrienne CullenThe Dutch Health Inspectorate confirmed this week that it is to open a “further investigation” into the case of Adrienne Cullen, the 58-year-old Limerick woman who died of cervical cancer last New Year’s Eve as a result of medical negligence by a university hospital in the Netherlands.Ms Cullen, who got the highest ever award for pain and suffering in a Dutch medical negligence case after she developed terminal cancer because of a missing test diagnosis, wanted greater transparency in the testing regime and called at the time of her half a million euro award for gagging clauses to be outlawed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a letter to Ms Cullen’s widower, Peter Cluskey, the inspectorate said the decision had been taken at a meeting of its own experts on July 23 “to further investigate this case”.It said the investigation would begin immediately and continue through August and September.The decision has been taken on foot of the inspectorate’s assessment of an internal report by the hospital, UMC (University Medical Centre) Utrecht, in May, which showed that there had been not one but two opportunities to save Ms Cullen’s life by diagnosing what was then early-stage cancer.In one case, the results of a tissue sample were lost in 2011 before they reached her doctor. In the second case, a pathologist – and a pathology technician – misread a tissue sample that 11 of his peers in other Dutch hospitals were subsequently all able to analyse as cancerous.Mr Cluskey said he welcomed the investigation because he hoped it would have an independence that the May report – where the hospital essentially investigated itself – did not have, and could not possibly have had.“I am not alone in the view that the UMC Utrecht report was unbalanced. It was unbalanced because while the majority of the failings it uncovered were in the Pathology Department, the bulk of its focus seemed, inexplicably, to have been on what the Gynaecology Department could have done better. Ironically, Adrienne’s two doctors in gynaecology were the only ones who tried to help and support her.”And when the missing test was found, the hospital offered “no apology or explanation” for the error, Ms Cullen said at the time.She sued the hospital for medical negligence and was awarded €545,000, with €350,000 of the award listed as a settlement for pain and suffering.The 58-year-old University College Cork Sociology and Philosophy described the parallels between her own story and that of fellow Limerick women’s health campaigner Vicky Phelan as “striking and deeply disturbing”.Speaking with the Limerick Post shortly before her death and after being conferred with an honorary doctorate in laws at UCC, Ms Cullen – a former Salesians student who lived in Castletroy and later on the Ennis Road – said that she is determined to have a no-gagging clause policy enshrined in EU law.“There has to be an absolute ban in the EU on using confidentiality agreements which are gagging clauses between patients and their hospitals because they do not belong there,” she said.Ms Cullen, who was a respected journalist, said that the lack of any apology or explanation from the hospital added to her suffering.“It was the hospital that put up a wall of silence. They pulled down the shutters and tried to minimise what happened.“Myself and my husband were traumatised by that. We couldn’t believe it,” she said. WhatsApp Advertisement Email Previous articleWalking 7000 miles in the shoes of cancer patientsNext articleHeroin needles dumped in scenic spot Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Facebook
Xodus and Leidos are joining forces on a new North America offshore wind alliance.The move will leverage Leidos’ renewable capabilities with Xodus’ 14-year track record in offshore European energy projects.Brad Barta, vice president leading Leidos’ Energy & Infrastructure Consulting practice. “We believe together we can provide unrivalled expertise and experience to our developer and investor clients. Now that offshore wind is set to move forward in the U.S., we are prepared to serve the industry through our relationship with Xodus, a proven leader in offshore energy.”“Our alliance with Leidos brings owners and lenders a truly consolidated service in the development of offshore wind projects from concept and financing through consenting to engineering and full supply chain management,” said Peter Tipler, Xodus’ renewables director. “With activity ramping up at a state level and new developments underway, momentum is building around how best to increase America’s offshore wind capacity. We are ideally placed to share our expertise to ensure that projects are delivered swiftly and successfully to support the transition to low carbon energy production.”Xodus recently added a dedicated advisory service to its renewables offering, supporting lenders, developers and the wider supply chain to identify and capitalise on renewable energy opportunities and mitigate against risk. Scott Hamilton has been appointed to lead the team, with a focus on due diligence, supply chain analysis and techno-economic analysis.
The Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey enjoyed an armchair ride on the five-year-old, trained by his boss Willie Mullins, as Long Dog duly brushed aside his three rivals. The 1-6 shot, owned by Rich Ricci, had no trouble completing a hat-trick as he came home nine and a half lengths clear of Collen Beag. David Casey made a triumphant farewell from race-riding with an easy victory on Long Dog in the Ballygarry House Hotel Novice Hurdle at Listowel. Casey, 39, will continue to work for Mullins as an assistant, and said: “I’m getting older and probably am a bit old for a jump jockey and recently Willie offered me this position in the yard. “I’m travelling with Max Dynamite to the Melbourne Cup. He’s in quarantine now but goes over on Thursday. “I’ve been there a long time already so not a lot will change – I just hope I won’t be a burden on him!” Mullins said: “David has been great fun to have around the yard and, having been with me since he was 17, it was great to see him growing as a jockey in that time. “Going out in one piece is more important than riding a winner and he will be a tremendous asset to me in my business. “He gets on very well with my people and staff and knows the way our yard works, and ticks. “He is excellent to rate horses and can tell me to the pound what a horse is actually worth and it turns out he is usually right. “A lot of people are unaware that David actually has a better record riding in France than at home as he has won two French Champion Hurdles and two Triumph Hurdle-equivalents in France.” Casey’ s big-race successes in the saddle include Fadoudal Du Cochet in the 2002 Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham and Rule Supreme, who landed the Royal & SunAlliance Chase there in 2004. He won the Irish Hennessy twice, on Rule Supreme in 2005 and Kempes in 2011, the Galway Plate on Ansar in 2004 and the Thyestes Chase on Hedgehunter in 2004 and On His Own in 2012 among other big prizes. Press Association
WITH several berths still up for grabs in the elimination round, the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship will resume tomorrow with the final round of group matches at the Silver City tarmac.In the opening match, Assassa Ballers will oppose Amazings from 19:30hrs, while NK Ballers oppose Capital Storm from 20:00hrs. The third fixture will pit High Rollers against Retrieve Unknown from 20:30hrs, with Amelia’s Ward Russians scheduled to battle Coomacka at 21:00hrs.In the final two matches, Swag Entertainment will match skills with Wisroc at 21:30hrs, while Silver Bullets will engage Barsenal from 22:00hrs.According to an official release from the coordinators, “Several teams still have the opportunity to earn a place in the knockout round. Teams such as defending champions Silver Bullets, Dave & Celina’s All-Stars, High Rollers, Amazings, Retrieve Unknowns and Barsenal have yet to seal their place in the elimination round and will need positive results to secure their passage.”The release further stated, “Given the circumstances affecting many of the teams, a highly competitive and thrilling night of action is expected. Fans will be treated to quality football, as the teams vie for a place in the knockout stage and a change to secure the coveted title.”Complete FixturesAssassa Ballers vs Amazings – 19:30hrsNK Ballers vs Capital Storm – 20:00hrsHigh Rollers vs Retrieve Unknowns – 20:30hrsAmelia’s Ward Russians vs Coomacka – 21:00hrsSwag Entertainment vs Wisroc – 21:30hrsSilver Bullets vs Barsenal – 22:00hrs
https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/fb/d7/pierre-emerick-aubameyang-alexandre-lacazette-arsenal-vs-man-city-fa-cup-2019-20_xkyh1ofwxfg91m4ryb59y001i.jpg?t=1667203331&w=500&quality=80The first came after 19 minutes and was finished by Aubameyang after a move that started with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, featured 18 passes and included 10 of Arsenal’s 11 players.Eight of the passes were made in Arsenal’s own penalty area as the Gunners sucked City in before springing forward on the counterattack. Alexandre Lacazette, who was magnificent throughout, found Nicolas Pepe, who picked out Aubameyang perfectly at the back post to score.It was a wonderful goal and the 25 minutes that followed up to halftime were the best Arsenal has produced under Arteta since he arrived in December. The defense was superb, with Martinez not having to make a single save, and going forward the Gunners produced some excellent combinations, with the final ball all that was lacking.The inevitable onslaught from City came in the second half and in previous meetings Arsenal would have folded. But not on Saturday night. Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos were magnificent in front of a defense marshaled superbly by David Luiz, dropping in and offering real protection.City dominated possession, but only mustered one shot on target — with Martinez saving well down to his left after Riyad Mahrez had cut inside and gotten a shot away.And then on 71 minutes, Arsenal broke away and put the game to bed. Pepe was again involved, chasing down a clearance before finding Kieran Tierney. The Scotland international spotted Aubameyang’s run and there was only one outcome once the Gabon international had sprinted clear. City tried to raise itself but couldn’t. Cross after cross came in, but Luiz dealt with everything that came his way and anything that bypassed the Brazilian was collected by Martinez.City was well beaten in the end. Outfought on the pitch and out-thought off it. This may be Arsenal’s worst league season in 25 years, but for the first time in a long time it looks like it has a plan.The Gunners hit rock bottom during the final weeks of Unai Emery. The long journey back toward the top looks as if it has begun. This was a victory that came straight from the training ground, one in which every single player played their part. Fortune may have favored Arsenal when it saw off Premier League champion Liverpool in midweek, but it deserved everything it got at Wembley on Saturday evening.MORE: Pep claims he would have stayed at City even it club was droppedTactically, Arteta got it spot on. It was a win that highlighted why, after the dark days of the first half of the season, there is real cause for optimism now in north London.Time and time again we’ve seen Arsenal sides capitulate in the face of superior teams. Since beating City here in the 2017 semifinal the Gunners have played them seven times, losing all seven, conceding 20 and scoring just two.But they shrugged that record aside to book their spot in what will be the club’s 21st FA Cup final, where they will meet Chelsea or Manchester United on Aug. 1.This has been a horrible season for Arsenal at times, one of the worst in recent memory. The fact it dropped below Burnley in the Premier League table moments before kickoff said it all.But the past week has shown that, under Arteta, there is light at the end of the tunnel.In terms of quality, the gap between Arsenal, Liverpool and City is vast. Its been clear to see over the two games in the past few days. But the signs of improvement under Arteta are undeniable.And while they were gifted their goals against Liverpool in midweek, at Wembley the Gunners earned them through fabulous moves for which City had no answer. Both were scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, his 24th and 25th of the season, but both came from moves that started deep inside their own half. There’s just something about Arsenal and the FA Cup.Mikel Arteta’s side arrived at Wembley with next to no one giving it a chance against Manchester City, yet it’s the Gunners and not Pep Guardiola’s men who will return next month for the final after a fabulous 2-0 win. Getty Images