Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (460)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

460. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health if he will meet the families that have been impacted by the misreading of scans at University Hospital Kerry further to his commitment at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health on 22 May 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28038/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department and I have sought to be kept regularly informed regarding the Radiological Lookback Review which took place at University Hospital Kerry in 2017/2018. The report of this review was completed and published in December 2018.

My officials last met with the South/South West Hospital Group on 08 May 2019 to discuss the look-back review, the status of implementation of the recommendations made in the report of the review and ongoing communications with the families. I was subsequently briefed on this on 14 May. 

My Department has been assured by the HSE and the South/South West Hospital Group that implementation of the report's recommendations are underway and are receiving the priority they require.

I wish to once again express heartfelt sympathies to the patients and their families. My absolute priority remains ensuring their confidentiality is respected. On an ongoing basis, my officials have been assured by the South/South West Hospital Group that all affected patients have received or are receiving the care they need.  I accept that this has been distressing time for those involved.

I have made commitments to travel to visit health services in the Kerry area and plan to do so in the coming weeks. Planning for my visit is underway.