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Thorough investigation needed into HSE computer flaw - O’Reilly TD

3 August, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking in light of the revelations by the Health Service Executive that a major flaw in their computer systems now means that many patients may need to have their medical tests redone Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has said the news is the latest in a litany of errors by the HSE.

Deputy O’Reilly said;

“The news from the HSE that thousands of patients may now need to have their tests redone because of a flaw in their computer systems is not only a serious concern for patients but raises serious questions over the operations of the HSE.  While not wishing to cause alarm patients need to be reassured by the HSE.

“It goes without saying that this situation is unacceptable and there needs to be a thorough investigation into how it happened, how many people were affected, and what the fallout has been for patients in a medical sense.

“The concerns centre around 25,000 X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds taken since 2011. What needs to be done immediately is for all concerned patients tests to be reviewed and thereafter for the patients to be contacted to let them know if follow up tests are needed.

“Doubtless, there are many patients out there who are worried and they need to be looked after first and foremost. Once a plan to address that aspect has been put in place there needs to be a full investigation into how this happened and if there has been any complications or fatalities because of the complications caused by this flaw.  We understand that the HSE is reviewing 10% of cases - this must be done immediately and the risks assessed and published.

“The people of this state need to have confidence in the HSE. It is also incredibly worrying that the excellent work being done by staff in our acute hospitals has now been undermined by this flaw.

“From a political sense, this further convinces me that there is an immediate imperative to make the Minister for Health legislatively responsible for the provision of healthcare in the state.

“This situation needs to be immediately addressed for patients in conjunction with an investigation into how this happened and if the HSE computer systems are adequate or if further funding is needed to update them to ensure such a problem never happens again.”

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