The Medical Council is to investigate a number of consultants following the report into the work of Dr Michael Neary, the disgraced obstetrician and gynaecologist who worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The report by Judge Maureen Harding Clark concluded that Dr Neary carried out nearly 130 caesarean hysterectomies during his 25-year career at the hospital. Most doctors would see two or three in their career.

In a statement tonight the council said they had decided to ask its Fitness to Practice Committee to 'review the actions of certain individual medical practitioners'.

It is likely this will include the work of three obstetricians who carried out a review of nine cases carried out by Dr Neary and exonerated his work.

A UK consultant examined the same cases and expressed concerns over patient safety.

However, it is probable that the new Fitness to Practice review will also examine the work of several other doctors who have been criticised in Judge Harding Clark's report, including some who are still working in the Lourdes Hospital.