Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (404)

Louise O'Reilly


404. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if he or Ministers of State at his Department have visited University Hospital Kerry in view of the developing situation for patients who have had their scans missed or misread there; and if not, his plans to visit the hospital. [21747/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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

I wish to once again express my heartfelt sympathies to the patients and their families. I have been assured open disclosure has taken place with all of the affected patients and their families. My absolute priority remains ensuring their confidentiality is respected and their care needs are addressed.  

In this respect I have been reassured by the South/South West Hospital Group that all patients have received or are receiving the care they need.

In relation to visiting the hospital, in December, I was pleased to meet with Deputies from Kerry to discuss University Hospital Kerry (UHK) and other healthcare services in the area. At the meeting, I accepted an invitation to visit the hospital and some local health projects, and I hope to be in a position to do this in the coming months.