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Minister must confirm if radiologist at centre of UHK controversy was not on specialist register - Louise O'Reilly TD

18 December, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin's Health Spokesperson, has called on the Minister to state if the radiologist at the centre of the misdiagnosed scans at University Hospital Kerry, was a radiologist who was practicing as a consultant at the hospital, but was not on the consultant’s specialist register.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“It is hugely worrying that 46,000 scans at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) are to be reviewed due to misdiagnoses by one individual radiologist. The review will encompass more than 26,000 patients who had a scan between March 2016 and July 2017.

“It is understood that all the scans, including X-rays, cat scans and ultrasounds, relate to work carried out by one individual, who the hospital state is no longer working there.

“I called on the Minister, on May 15th of this year, and on a number of other occasions to address the scandal of doctors who are not on the consultant’s specialist register but are practicing in Irish hospitals as consultants.

“I stated unequivocally that it is not acceptable that patients are put in a situation where they can no longer assume that their consultant has completed specialist training or have the requisite specialist qualifications.

“I have Parliamentary Question responses and Freedom of Information replies which show that from the 29/12/2014 there was a radiologist working in UHK as a consultant but who was not on the specialist register.

“Therefore, I am calling on the Minister to investigate if the issue which I raised with him of doctors not on the consultants specialist register but working as consultants in Irish hospitals played any part whatsoever in the misdiagnosed scans at UHK."

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