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jab scandal latest Beacon Hospital announces review and 'unreservedly apologises' for vaccination of teachers

In a statement, the board, which met today, said it "unreservedly apologises to our patients, staff and the wider community for the upset caused by the vaccination of teachers in the Beacon vaccination centre".

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Beacon Hospital pictured in Sandyford Co Dublin Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Beacon Hospital pictured in Sandyford Co Dublin Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Beacon Hospital pictured in Sandyford Co Dublin Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The board of the Beacon Hospital has announced a review and apologised following the vaccination of teachers at a private school.

It emerged last week that the private hospital had vaccinated 20 teachers at St Gerard's School in Bray, Wicklow which the children of chief executive Michael Cullen attend. Mr Cullen was reported to have contacted the school. It also emerged that childcare staff were vaccinated.

In a statement tonight the board makes no mention of Mr Cullen who Opposition politicians had asked to resign.

He remains in his post.

Former Managing Partner and Chairman of Arthur Cox Eugene McCague will conduct an independent review.

In a statement the board which met today said it "unreservedly apologises to our patients, staff and the wider community for the upset caused by the vaccination of teachers in the Beacon vaccination centre".

"The Board is proud of the excellent standards of care maintained by our hospital and its adherence to the highest levels of governance and clinical excellence.

"In order to ascertain all of the facts associated with the operation of the Vaccination Centre and in line with our responsibility to ensure due process, the Board is appointing Mr Eugene McCague, former Managing Partner and Chairman of Arthur Cox and former Board member of the HSE to conduct an independent review on behalf of the non-executive Directors.

"Upon completion of the Review, the non-executive members of the Board will consider its findings and will at that time take any necessary actions required.”

It said that since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, Beacon Hospital has sought to utilise our resources to play a significant role in assisting the National effort to combat the crisis.

"The hospital offered its resources to the HSE to assist with the roll-out of the National vaccination programme in January of this year.

"To date, the centre has vaccinated over 9,000 HSE staff. This vaccination centre was fitted out, staffed, operated and funded by Beacon Hospital in line with our commitment to assist the National effort to combat the pandemic and the devastating impact it has had in our country.

"The Board of Beacon Hospital would like to take this opportunity to reassure our patients of our continued commitment to the delivery of exceptional patient care."


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