Kerry Sinn Féin councillor Toiréasa Ferris has said that the HSE has serious questions to answer over a review of patient scans that has been ordered at University Hospital Kerry.
Speaking as it was revealed that 46,000 scans at UHK are to be reviewed, Cllr. Ferris has called on management and the HSE to answer three important questions:
Waited Lengthy Periods
“26,700 patients of University Hospital Kerry, many of whom would have waited lengthy periods on lists to be scanned, are now to have their scans reviewed because of concerns around potential misdiagnosis,” said Cllr. Ferris.
“It involves scans from March 2016 to July 2017. This is obviously very concerning and we need to get more details on how this occurred. So far no major missed cases have been found which is good news, hopefully that will remain the case when remaining scans are reviewed.
Explain to the Public
“Hospital management and the HSE must, without delay, explain to the public, when did they become aware of the issue, when was the relevant staff member removed and why has it taken a number of months and until Christmas week to make the patients affected aware.
“Hospital management must inform the general public if there were concerns raised in the past, either verbally or written, to whom were the concerns raised and when was the first time.
“My information is that concerns my have been expressed some time ago that there may have been an issue with scans.
“The admission that there are some serious cases of delayed diagnosis are horrifying for patients and their families, especially this time of the year when people are looking forward to the Christmas break”
“Incidents such as this damage confidence in our public health services, but delays in addressing them are of equal concern,” Cllr. Ferris concluded.
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