Serious concern over X-ray backlog - Ó Caoláin
March 14, 2013
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has expressed serious concern at the backlog of 6,000 x-rays and scans in Tallaght Hospital.
He said: "It is of serious concern that a backlog of this scale has come to light, especially in the wake of the scandal in 2009 when it emerged that there were 57,000 unread x-rays and unprocessed GP letters in Tallaght Hospital.
"The hospital has cited 'a deficit in clerical resources' for this new backlog. If this is a result of the Government recruitment ban then it is another indication that it needs to be lifted as a matter of urgency. If this is a result of deficient management in the Hospital then it needs to be sorted out immediately, especially given the fact that there was an investigation by Senator Maurice Hayes in the wake of the 2009 scandal.
“His report in November 2010 showed that there were staffing shortages in the radiology department and delays by the HSE in approving essential posts. Proper systems were not in place to manage GP referrals and patients faced undue delays, on top of the general waiting list faced by all patients.
“This was supposed to have been sorted out after the Hayes Report. We need answers and we need action and I will be raising this matter with health minister, James Reilly." ENDS