Saturday 16 December 2017

Hundreds more patients to be recalled over scans

The size of a review of colonoscopies carried out at Wexford General Hospital has been doubled.
The size of a review of colonoscopies carried out at Wexford General Hospital has been doubled.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Hundreds more patients who had colonoscopies are being recalled as the controversy over errors in the reading of patients’ scans and tests in Irish hospitals continues.

According to the Irish Times, the size of a review of colonoscopies carried out at Wexford General Hospital - announced in February as part of the BowelScreen programme - has been doubled.

Thousands of X-rays and scans read by three temporary radiologists have had to be reviewed, with one patient in Bantry Hospital suffering a delayed diagnosis of cancer.

The HSE said the reviews of the consultants were ordered after concerns were expressed by other radiologists and GPs. Health service bosses declined to say what these concerns involved and if another serious misdiagnosis occurred.

Mr Varadkar told the Dáil: "I don't know the exact number of hospitals in which all of these doctors worked. That is being figured out at the moment."

In Wexford, a further 331 colonoscopies will be reviewed, on top of the 280 the Health Service Executive (HSE) first envisaged recalling, the Irish Times reports.

The review has also been extended to other members of the team under the consultant whose work was originally under examination.

A relative of one patient who was diagnosed with cancer after being recalled by the Wexford hospital told The Irish Times yesterday that the hospital was unable to say whether it was a case of “missed cancer”, but it was being treated as one.

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