Tuesday 16 January 2018

Hundreds recalled over concern about work of radiologists


Connolly hospital
Connolly hospital

Hundreds of patients have been recalled after errors were found in the work of three locum radiologists employed by the Health Service Executive.

It's understood that at least one patient has had a late cancer diagnosis as a result of the mistakes.

"It's a very anxious time for people waiting and unsure what's happening with their scan," said Fianna Fail's health spokesman Billy Kelleher.


The TD called on Health Minister Leo Varadkar to make a statement on the matter.

The doctors worked in seven hospitals around the country, including Bantry where 4,338 scans from May to September 2013 have been reviewed.

Fifty patients were recalled, including the patient with the delayed cancer diagnosis.

The radiologist that worked in Bantry also briefly worked in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda. These hospitals are carrying out reviews of the doctor's work to ensure X-rays were properly assessed.

The radiologists involved have been reported to the Medical Council, the Irish Times reports.

The three locums - who no longer work in Ireland - worked at Kerry General Hospital, Cavan Monaghan Hospital and Bantry General Hospital. The doctor who worked in Bantry also worked in Wexford General Hospital and Roscommon Hospital where management are satisfied that there were no patient safety concerns.

The HSE became aware of issues with the three locums' work when medical colleagues raised concerns.

"The HSE is in contact with all patients requiring recall for follow-up investigations so anyone who has not been contacted by the hospital or their GP has no cause for concern," a spokeswoman said.

In Cavan Monaghan Hospital, 2,980 examinations performed by a locum radiologist had to be re-examined. None of the 62 patients recalled suffered any "serious" adverse outcomes.

At Kerry General, where the doctor worked for a month in 2013, six patients were recalled but the HSE says no "harm events" occurred.

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