Sunday 4 December 2016

Man died after cancer was missed in 12 patients

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

Twelve patients wrongly given the all-clear for bowel cancer have been diagnosed with the disease, including a man who has died of the illness. Photo: PA (stock photo)
Twelve patients wrongly given the all-clear for bowel cancer have been diagnosed with the disease, including a man who has died of the illness. Photo: PA (stock photo)

Twelve patients wrongly given the all-clear for bowel cancer have been diagnosed with the disease, including a man who has died of the illness.

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The missed cancers emerged after a recall of 600 patients who had colonoscopies - an invasive investigation of the large bowel - at Wexford General Hospital in 2013 and 2014.

One of the patients has died of bowel cancer and others are being treated for the disease. The specialist who carried out the colonoscopies was placed on paid leave and is no longer carrying out the procedure.

Conor MacLiam, who lost his wife Susie Long to bowel cancer in 2007 after she had to wait seven months for a test, last night said it was essential hospitals could assure patients about the quality of the procedure.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar extended his sympathy to the families involved.

The recall of hundreds of patients followed a discovery by BowelScreen, the national bowel screening programme for people aged 60 to 69.

Irish Independent

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