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We can't prevent human error but we can learn from this terrible tragedy

Published 04/09/2010 | 05:00

ON the face of it this seemed like an open and shut case. Two surgeons involved in the care of a young boy faced charges of professional misconduct after his kidney was wrongly removed.

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The senior surgeon, Professor Martin Corbally, admitted the surgical team failed the boy; while Prof Corbally's junior, Sri Paran, conceded he had a chance to check his X-ray when he suspected the wrong kidney was being removed but did not take it.

However, it appears there is a quantum leap between even this error -- or "disaster" as it was called yesterday -- and professional misconduct, as both medics walked away from the Irish Medical Council hearing into the blunder with unblemished records.

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