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
This weekend, former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan (now going by his full name, William Patrick Corgan) staged a two-night run at Brooklyn’s Murmmr Theatre to open his tour behind newly released solo album, Ogilala, his first in over a decade. Each of the two-set performances featured one set of material from the new album and one set of Smashing Pumpkins favorites and choice covers.Saturday’s second set featured tunes by Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd. On Sunday, Corgan performed both a Neil Young tune and his first-ever live solo rendition of The Grateful Dead‘s “Box of Rain,” which gave Corgan a chance to show both his respect for the Dead and his sense of humor. As Corgan explained while introducing the tune, “Actually, this is a song by the Grateful Dead. [Crowd Cheers] – oh, stoners? Deadheads? How many Deadheads are here tonight? [Crowd Cheers]. This is for Jerry, man…”Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Discusses Lasting Power Of Bands Like Phish, Grateful DeadBilly inflected the American Beauty (1970) classic with his signature nasal-y wail, taking creative liberties with melody and cadence and reinterpreting it to great effect. If you didn’t know any better, you could be forgiven for thinking that this song came out of Corgan’s own catalogue–the mark of a great cover.An amusing incident also occurred partway through the song, as Corgan went to start a harmonica solo after “find me dreaming too,” and quickly realized that he had the wrong key harmonica on his stand. With a wry smile, Corgan abruptly stopped, faux-indignantly tossed the fraudulent harmonica to the side, grabbed the correct one, threw it on the stand, and proceeded to finish the song unfazed as the crowd chuckled with appreciation.You can watch crowd-shot footage of Corgan’s Grateful Dead cover in Brooklyn below, via YouTube user kenneth h. Corgan’s solo tour behind Ogilala continues on Wednesday, 10/18 in Wilmington, DE. For more info, head to Corgan’s Facebook page or see a list of dates below:William Patrick Corgan: THE OGILALA TOUR Remaining Dates:October 18 – Wilmington, DE @ Grand Opera HouseOctober 20 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth TheaterOctober 24 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum TheaterOctober 25 – Chicago, IL @ Athenaeum TheaterOctober 27 – Nashville, TN @ CMA TheatreOctober 29 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder TheaterNovember 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Herbst TheaterNovember 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Herbst TheaterNovember 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever CemeteryNovember 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever CemeteryNovember 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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