Cancer victim waited month for urgent scan at Drogheda hospital
Published 08/09/2011 | 13:56
An emergency scan ordered for a woman who later died of cancer was not carried out for a month, a Medical Council inquiry heard today.
The inquiry relates to 38 allegations of professional misconduct against consultant obstetrician Dr Etop Akpan over his care of Sharon McEneaney, who died in April 2009.
Ms McEneaney (29) from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, was diagnosed with cancer nine months after her initial appointment at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.
The inquiry was told that an urgent CT scan was planned on Ms McEneaney's abdomen and pelvis for late December 2007.
However, it was not performed until 24 January 2008.
Dr Deirdre Lynch, a consultant radiologist at Our Lady of Lourdes, told the inquiry that the hospital is significantly understaffed with radiologists.
She said that the waiting list for certain ultrasounds was six months in 2007 and 2008, when Ms McEneaney attended complaining of severe abdominal pain.
Ms McEneaney first attended the hospital in October 2007 but was not treated for cancer until July 2008.
Dr Lynch described Dr Akpan as a very nice and fair doctor and said she had no problems with any of his patients.