My Department and I have sought to be kept regularly informed regarding the Radiology Lookback Review which took place at University Hospital Kerry in 2017/2018. The report of this review was completed and published in December 2018. It found eleven case of delayed diagnosis.
My officials last met with the South/South West Hospital Group in 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 remain committed to meeting with any of the affected families, identified by the review, that may wish to share their experience with me.