Call for ‘duty of candour for all medical negligence claims’ as boy with cerebral palsy awarded €5m

Call for ‘duty of candour for all medical negligence claims’ as boy with cerebral palsy awarded €5m

A 14-year old boy with cerebral palsy who sued over the circumstances of his birth at Sligo General Hospital has settled his High Court action for €5 million.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross praised the parents of Conor Maxwell for the care they have given their son and the judge said the settlement will now help, "as far as money can" in the future care of the boy.

In a statement outside court solicitor David O'Malley, who represented Conor Maxwell, called on the Minister for Health to bring in a duty of candour for all medical negligence claims.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris needed to act now.

Conor's counsel Des O’Neill SC along with Doireann O’Mahony BL told the court Conor has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy and cannot communicate.

Counsel said Conor is happy as far as they understand but has difficulty communicating and also with his vision.

Mr O'Neill said the settlement was as a result of mediation between the sides.

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