On the 14th November 2007, Ms. Mary Harney T.D., Minister for Health & Children officially launched the ISANDS Guidelines for Professionals. The Coach House in Dublin Castle created the atmosphere for another memorable bookmark in the history of this organisation, the launch of the Professional Book. Minister Harney mentioned the importance of this publication and the role it will play at a very difficult time. Ms. Harney acknowledged the role of all the Professionals and others who contributed to the Book and ISANDS for their continued dedication to the needs of bereaved families.
Dr. Fin Breatnach, retired Consultant Paediatric Oncologist in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin was our guest speaker and spoke about the role good communication can play in this area or care. He said “in my opinion all Professionals should read this publication. If I had it over 40 years ago when I was starting out as a young doctor
it would have saved me getting it wrong when I did.”The launch was attended by many of the Professionals who contributed to the Book. We would like to thank Minister Harney, and Dr. Fin Breatnach for being with us and for their encouraging and supportive words about the book and the work of ISANDS.