Wednesday 13 December 2017

We can't prevent human error but we can learn from this terrible tragedy

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

ON the face of it this seemed like an open and shut case. Two surgeons involved in the care of a young boy faced charges of professional misconduct after his kidney was wrongly removed.

The senior surgeon, Professor Martin Corbally, admitted the surgical team failed the boy; while Prof Corbally's junior, Sri Paran, conceded he had a chance to check his X-ray when he suspected the wrong kidney was being removed but did not take it.

However, it appears there is a quantum leap between even this error -- or "disaster" as it was called yesterday -- and professional misconduct, as both medics walked away from the Irish Medical Council hearing into the blunder with unblemished records.

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