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Concern over scan errors in Connolly Hospital- Cllr Paul Donnelly

30 April, 2015 - by Paul Donnelly

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Cllr Paul Donnelly has expressed concern over the errors in scans carried out in Connolly Hospital recently.

Cllr Donnelly said:

 “Unfortunately for the patients in Connolly, this story has broken whilst the review is being carried out. This will obviously leave many worried and anxious in the coming days and weeks and I urge the authorities to expedite this as soon as possible”. 

“I am greatly concerned that the care of patients in Connolly was potentially compromised. I understand that one patient in one of the hospitals had a delayed diagnosis of cancer and my thoughts are with that patient and their family.

“We must remember also that many others were recalled and offered further scans which must have caused great worry. While most of these patients have not suffered any serious clinical outcome the potential was there and this further erodes confidence in our health system”.

 “In these cases the consultants were employed through a medical agency and in at least one case not on the specialist register. While I acknowledge that the greater number of agency staff are competent and committed healthcare providers, this latest scandal highlights one of the further dangers of relying on unknown temporary staff”.

“Not only have these scans had to be reviewed, but the locum doctors involved and their agencies were likely paid exorbitant fees in the first place, often four times the rate of permanent staff. This money was as good as thrown down the drain, it now seems”.

“We need to ensure that the HSE focuses on reducing reliance on agency staff and makes permanent hospital posts attractive for qualified applicants. The current approach is clearly costing us all much more in the medium term.” 

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