Four Patients Have Died Since Delayed Cancer Diagnoses At UHK

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RTE News is reporting that 11 patients had their cancer diagnoses delayed at University Hospital Kerry and four of those patients have since.

The news comes as a result of the review of the 46,000 radiology scans at University Hospital Kerry concerning the work of a locum consultant who no longer works at the hospital.

Concerns emerged during the summer of 2017, when three serious reportable events were notified regarding the locum radiologist and an initial audit of a sample of scans was conducted.

RTÉ News has learned that a further eight serious reportable events have been uncovered and that the delayed diagnoses had a serious impact on their health.

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Reporting from UHK on the RTE One O’Clock News, their Southern Correspondent, Paschal Sheehy said the patients concerned and their families  — and the families of the deceased patients — are being briefed in Tralee this afternoon.

The 11 cases are now subject to further investigation and analysis. The four patients died in the time between the identification of their delayed diagnoses and the publication of the review which is published today.


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