We all know about Sick Building Syndrome, but this is the first time I ever heard of a mentally ill building.
Dr Michael Shine, who used to be a consultant surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, has been struck off the medical register for professional misconduct after a number of men made allegations of sexual assault. It’s alleged that the assaults happened in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s while Shine was examining children and teenagers at the hospital and at his office.
Did any member of the staff notice anything going on? We don’t know that, but we do know that nobody in the hospital expressed any concern. Not a single nurse. Not a single doctor. Not a single administrator.
Nobody in the hospital noticed anything happening even though Michael Shine would eventually be struck off the register for misconduct, forty years later.
Isn’t it extraordinary how unobservant the people in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital are?
These are the same colleagues who failed to see anything wrong in Michael Neary’s butchering of female patients in the very same hospital. The very same colleagues who circled the wagons to defend one of their own, in a hospital where nurses were afraid to speak out about barbaric practices that they knew to be wrong.
What is wrong with this hospital? What is wrong with the people who run this hospital? Is it a bad case of Blind Building Syndrome or should I be asking a deeper question? Perhaps I should be asking what’s wrong with our country, and why we show such deference to people like Shine and Neary.