Monday 18 December 2017

Editorial: Full inquiry needed into heart test result delay

It is truly shocking to learn that some of the results of tests for a serious heart condition were "discovered" last week, two years after some of them were first carried out. The HSE, which spends so much of its time explaining problem after problem in the health service, really has to get to the bottom of this so-called mistake at one of its most high-profile hospitals as soon as possible.

The patients involved, many of them young children, underwent tests at the National Centre for Medical Genetics, located in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin to find out if they were carrying a gene which leaves them at risk of heart disease.

Some of the tests proved positive, but not all the children and their parents were given the results.

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