Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (398)

Michael Healy-Rae


398. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if matters regarding University Hospital Kerry will be addressed (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21684/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department and I have sought to be kept informed of the issues that have arisen in 2017 at the University Hospital Kerry Radiology Department on a regular basis.

Once the issue in UHK was identified, a comprehensive Look-Back Review was conducted, and the report of this process provides assurance that the issues have been examined appropriately from a clinical perspective. The final report was released in December 2018, which noted that the review included over 46,000 scans and 26,000 patients. The report notes that over 400 patients were recalled for additional examination. The HSE have confirmed that the Look-back Review was conducted in line with the HSE National Policy.

My Department has been reassured by the South/South West Hospital Group that all patients have received or are receiving the care they need. I have been assured by the HSE that open disclosure has taken place with all affected patients and their families.  

The report made a total of 11 recommendations. The HSE and S/SWHG have also provided assurance that the hospital and hospital group recommendations are at an advanced stage of implementation. The HSE has also advised that the national recommendations are being considered and progressed by the Faculty of Radiologists, RCSI. This includes a recommendation regarding an acceptable volume of work for an individual radiologist. My department continues to be informed of the progress of the implementation of the recommendations made in the Report.

I once again wish to express my heartfelt sympathies to the patients and their families. My department and I accept that this has been a distressing time for those involved. My priority remains ensuring their confidentiality is respected and their care needs are addressed.