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More questions for HSE and Minister to answer on UHK - Cllr Toiréasa Ferris

20 December, 2017 - by Toiréasa Ferris

Sinn Féin Councillor for Kerry, Toiréasa Ferris, has said more questions on practices and procedures at University Hospital Kerry need to be answered by both the HSE and the Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Cllr Ferris said that Deputy Martin Ferris had raised the issue of staff shortages at the Radiology Unit as far back as 2007. 

She stated that lessons had not been learned from a previous review of scans that took place at the hospital in the summer of 2013, when 6 patients had to be recalled. 

In September 2011 Deputy Ferris called for an enquiry into the case of a patient whose cancer diagnoses was delayed for eight months in 2009 because an error had been made in reading the a scan.

Cllr Ferris said:

"For at least 10 years Deputy Martin Ferris has been calling on successive Ministers for Health to address the under resourcing of the Radiology Unit and other units at the hospital.

"Staff and unions have also been highlighting continued under resourcing

"In late 2007 he questioned the HSE about staffing issues within the unit when it was revealed that an application for funding to employ extra staff was turned down by the HSE.

"We also need to know what procedures were put in place after the incident of 2013 when 6 patients were recalled after another review of scans had taken place.

"At the time a Locum Consultant Radiologist was reported to the Medical Council.

"What protocols and procedures were put in place to ensure another incident of this nature did not happen again? It seems that lessons were not learned from that incident four years ago.

"The Minister cannot abdicate political responsibility for failures in the health system." 

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