Tom Petty

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Leading Patient Advocate Resigns From HSE After Six Months

His baby son died in Portlaoise Hospital.

An Offaly father, who's resigned from the HSE board after only six months, says he feels let down by the Taoiseach and Health Minister.

Mark Molloy and his wife Roisín lost their son, who died shortly after birth at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise in 2012.

The Molloys have campaigned since for greater accountability and patient representation in the health service.

According to the Irish Times, he made the decision in protest at what he called the “tokenistic” treatment of patients in the health service.

He says he feels “let down” by the Taoiseach and health Minister over the under-funding of the national maternity strategy.

In a further statement this morning, Mr. Molloy, who stepped down earlier this month, says "by not having a veto on significant board decisions that we had issue with given our in depth knowledge of the intricacies of the working of the HSE or the processes by which these decisions were made, we were by extension being complicit in these decisions. 

"While Mark has resigned from the HSE board, we will continue to work from the outside to achieve our objectives and a system that is patient centred and through Roisín's involvement on the Sláinte Care Advisory Council."
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