Sunday 21 January 2018

Staffing pressures forced the backlog to explode

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

HOW can a backlog of just a few thousand unread X-rays -- which was supposed to be "under control" in August -- suddenly become a mountain of almost 58,000 by Dec-ember?

The saga surrounding the latest hospital scandal which has led to thousands of patients being subjected to huge anxiety over whether their scans were misread became a twisted web yesterday.

An X-ray can be expertly assessed by most treating specialists. But the opinion of a radiologist with a trained eye can be crucial in getting a patient's correct diagnosis .

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