Sunday 25 September 2016

Extra staff drafted into unit at centre of rape allegation

Published 22/09/2016 | 02:30

Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co Kerry
Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co Kerry

Additional staff have been drafted into the diagnostic unit in a Kerry hospital where a hospital worker is alleged to have raped a 61-year-old female patient.

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The worker is directly employed by the diagnostics company providing MRI and CT scans at the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee.

A spokesman said that it has since increased the staffing complement at the unit "as a precautionary measure."

The aim is to ensure that there is a great level of cover at the diagnostics unit, the spokesman added.

The worker has left Ireland with his wife and child and gardai are to send a file to the DPP.

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The woman alleges she was attacked after undergoing an MRI scan and giving the worker a €10 tip.

A spokesman for the company said a number of measures are now in place following the alleged incident on September 10 last.

They include:

■ Confirming that the individual is no longer an employee and no longer has access to the premises or patient information.

■ Reaffirming that all other staff have up-to-date registration.

■ Confirming all staff have up-to-date Garda vetting in place.

■ Instructing all clinical managers to review local practices to reaffirm that they remain appropriate in light of the hospital's governance framework.

Bons Secours senior management have emailed staff outlining that the worker was not one of their employees and that gardaí are investigating.

The spokesman for the diagnostics company said patients should "be confident to attend and feel safe at our unit at the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee."

He said that "patient safety is our upmost priority and it is company policy that all our clinical staff must hold professional registration and complete a garda security checks.

"Our processes are robust and independently validated and follow the same standards expected of all healthcare providers across Ireland," added the spokesman.

Irish Independent

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