Wednesday 7 December 2016

Latest tragedy brings to mind case of Susie Long

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

Kilkenny mother-of-two Susie Long, who died in 2007 after waiting seven months for a colonoscopy. Photo: Mark Condren
Kilkenny mother-of-two Susie Long, who died in 2007 after waiting seven months for a colonoscopy. Photo: Mark Condren

Missed diagnosis is a sad fact of medicine. But the significant number of patients who were mistakenly given the all-clear for bowel cancer in Wexford Hospital is particularly worrying.

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Wexford Hospital was chosen as one of the centres to provide colonoscopies - invasive bowel exams - by BowelScreen. This free national screening programme was set up in 2012 to invite people in the 60-to-69-year age group to take a test for potential cancer.

National screening programmes have to ensure a gold standard of care - so any hospital chosen to perform these procedures has to meet the highest performance criteria.

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