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Ó Caoláin welcomes HSE clarification on possible cancer misdiagnosis

31 March, 2008

Responding to the HSE statement regarding the review of possible cases of misdiagnosis, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

"I welcome the HSE clarification in the wake of weekend media reports that have caused serious worry to many people.

"The HSE says the issue relates to a very small number of diagnostic tests, rather than the wide range referred to in media reports. The HSE does not state what type of tests are involved.

"It is not clear if the HSE has contacted patients who may or may not be affected by this. We need clarity on that issue as soon as possible and I concur with the HSE when it states that the requirement to inform patients and their families must take precedence over all other considerations." ENDS

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