Sunday 17 December 2017

Hospital in X-ray mess outsources typing to Far East

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THE hospital at the centre of the scandal over X-ray rechecks and unread GP letters is outsourcing basic typing work to the Far East, it emerged yesterday.

Letters sent by some consultants at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, to GPs may be typed in the Far East rather than by an internal secretary.

At the Irish Medical Organisation meeting in Killarney yesterday, the new president, Professor Sean Tierney, who is also a surgeon at the hospital, said the letters contained consultants' assessment of patients who had attended their clinic.

Prof Tierney told the Irish Independent that he was not criticising the hospital and understood the need to avoid a backlog of letters building up because a secretary could not be hired due to the moratorium.

But he said it was a symptom of the increasing use of outsourcing in the HSE and the growing trend of privatisation.

Irish Independent

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