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Tallaght Hospital x-ray scandal

9 March, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called for a Dáil debate on the Tallaght Hospital x-ray scandal.

He said:

“The fact that over 57,000 x-rays taken in Tallaght Hospital were not reviewed by a consultant radiologist can only be described as a scandal.

“This is hugely distressing for patients not only of Tallaght but across our health services. After all the promises of better governance and accountability in our hospital network following previous cancer diagnosis scandals, we now find that this gross neglect went on from 2005 to the end of 2009.

“I am calling on the Minister for Health & Children Mary Harney to initiate an urgent review of management and supervision of consultants at Tallaght and throughout the hospital network arising from this development.

“I am also calling for an urgent Dáil debate with questions to the Minister to be held tomorrow (Wednesday).” ENDS

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