Staff 'warned management
Published 11/03/2010 | 05:00
RADIOLOGISTS at Tallaght Hospital claimed they waged an internal war by sending more than 40 letters to management expressing concern at the "growing delay" in reporting on X-rays.
The Irish Hospital Consultants' Association (IHCA) also pointed out that the hospital has just seven full-time radiologists, far less than similar hospitals.
"The accepted and recommended standard is that Tallaght should have 18 radiologists for the volume of work it is required to deliver", assistant secretary general Donal Duffy said.
In contrast, Beaumont Hospital, which has 65,000 fewer in-patients a year, has 15 radiologists.
The recommended number of examinations a year per radiologist is 11,000, but Mr Duffy estimates radiologists in Tallaght Hospital would have to do around 200,000.
This was a contributory factor to the failure of the radiologists to read all scans and X-rays in Tallaght Hospital since 2005.
A hospital spokesman last night confirmed it has appointed an additional radiologist and has requested approval from Health Service Executive (HSE) for two more specialists.
The IHCA said it "shared the concerns" of the adult patients whose diagnosis was delayed over the past four years in Tallaght Hospital.
It added it was important to note "that Tallaght is the second busiest of the Dublin teaching hospitals".
Mr Duffy revealed the radiologists, both individually and collectively, had brought the "growing delay" in reporting X-rays to the attention of hospital management over the past number of years.
He added: "The HSE has responsibility for adequately funding our