Patients at risk of misdiagnosis
THE disclosure of fatal systemic and procedural failures at Tallaght Hospital is all the more surprising and upsetting for the fact that most people had assumed the litany of health scandals had come to an end.
Over a four-year period, more than 57,000 X-rays conducted as part of tests for cancer, heart trouble and orthopaedics were not reviewed by a consultant radiologist -- something which the hospital's CEO designate has described as totally unacceptable.
Two patients had delayed diagnoses: one died and the other is being treated for cancer. The hospital is reviewing a backlog of 23,169 X-rays.