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Patients caught up in X-ray scandal must be supported – Adams

30 April, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his deep concern at the revelation by the HSE that thousands of X-rays and other scans have had to be recalled in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda following the discovery of errors in the analysis of three locum radiologists.

Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda is one of seven hospitals affected.

Teachta Adams said:

“The scale of this crisis is enormous and its medical and emotional impact extends to thousands of patients, many of them in county Louth.

“I have written to the Minister for Health seeking more information on the extent of the problem with Our Lady of Lourdes. I have asked for Mr. Varadkar’s assurance that no effort will be spared to communicating with all of the patients and their families affected by this scandal and that every support will be provided.

“While a degree of error in the reading of x-rays and scans is inevitable, it is important that systems are put in place within the health service to check and recheck the work of radiologists and others. The public needs to be reassured that these checks are in place and are effective.

“The use of agency staff is also a source of concern. While most are very competent, this controversy exposes the dangers inherent in using temporary staff where the failsafe checks and quality assurance and control systems are not in place.

“I have expressed my concern that the national integrated medical imaging system has not been introduced in all hospitals.” 

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