Doctor at centre of Temple Street scandal remains on National Orthopaedic Hospital medical board

The doctor referred to the Irish Medical Council amid the ongoing scandal at Temple Street Children’s Hospital remains a member of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh’s medical board.

The hospital today confirmed to The Ditch that Connor Green is still on its medical board – which provides advice to the hospital on safety and patient care standards – alongside dozens of other doctors. Separately Green only stepped down from another similar role in March of this year.

Green is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon whose specialties include spina bifida, limb deformity, and scoliosis surgery.

The HSE yesterday announced a review of Temple Street “following a number of serious spinal surgical incidents”. This review will investigate, among other issues, “the use of unauthorised implantable devices” in patients.

The medical board for the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh provides “a valuable advisory service to the hospital, to ensure high standards of surgical practice, patient safety and care”, according to the hospital’s website.

It is unclear what activity Green has been involved in over the last year.

Green also remained a director on the Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital Research and Development Foundation until 29 March of this year, when Companies Registration Office records show he stepped down from the role.

The Ditch reported last week that certain specific surgeries related to spina bifida have been suspended at Children's Health Ireland at Temple Street for nearly a year, alongside claims about the use of unapproved devices containing non-medical parts in paediatric patients.

Several children suffered serious complications after receiving surgery while another died. This death is now the subject of a hospital investigation.

Yesterday The Ditch reported that the father of a child seriously ill with spina bifida was not allowed to participate in a review of Temple Street’s surgical procedures.

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