X-ray hysteria is totally pointless
Published 15/03/2010 | 05:00
The media hysteria surrounding the Tallaght X-rays is amazing. The simple truth is that the hospital is funded to employ seven consultant radiologists instead of 18, which best practice would require to handle the 200,000 annual X-rays and scans.
Consequently, as in every other walk of life, you prioritise. Sensibly, the vast majority of X-rays not examined by radiologists were orthopaedic cases.
I, for one, would be quite happy to forego such examination and rely on my orthopaedic surgeon's expertise.