A WEXFORD widow settled a medical negligence action against a consultant doctor and the HSE over an alleged failure to diagnose her late husband’s lung cancer. She was awarded €60,000.
The action was brought by Rosarii Molloy Curran arising out of the death of her husband John Curran from lung cancer in April 2011.
She had sued Dr Colm Quigley, a specialist in respiratory and general medicine at Ely Hospital, Wexford, and the HSE for alleged negligence and breach of duty of care towards Mr Curran, who was their patient between August 2009 and the time of his death.
Liability was admitted in the case and an apology was made in court to the Curran family on behalf of Dr Quigley.
There was a failure to either diagnose or immediately investigate Mr Curran, who was a smoker, for lung cancer it was claimed.
In her action Ms Molloy Curran of Carrigmannon, Killurin, sought damages for the emotional suffering and psychological injury she says she suffered as a result of her husband’s death.
Dr Quigley’s counsel told the court that as a result of what happened changes to the system of patient management have now been implemented to ensure what happened didn’t occur again.