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Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (119, 121, 169)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

119. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the existence of an internal HSE report into the falsification of blood glucose and blood ketone readings which was discovered in 2017 in St. Vincent’s University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [58386/21]

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Thomas Pringle

Question:

121. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if disciplinary proceeding were taken following an internal HSE report into the alleged falsification of blood glucose and blood ketone readings in 2017 in St. Vincent’s University Hospital; and if so, the outcomes of these proceedings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [58388/21]

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Thomas Pringle

Question:

169. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health the actions that have been taken to ensure that blood glucose and blood ketone readings recorded on patient files match those recorded by electronic data management systems following an internal HSE report into the falsification of blood glucose and blood ketone readings in 2017 in St. Vincent’s University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [58387/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 119, 121 and 169 together.

I have made enquiries with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the HSE has informed me that they can find no evidence of any healthcare audits relating to the specific matter referred to in the question.

The HSE has also advised that the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) has advised that St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) has no knowledge of any internal HSE report into the falsification of blood glucose and blood ketone readings in St Vincent’s hospital in 2017.

The HSE has asked SVUH to undertake a wider review of other relevant records (e.g. complaints, HR and Incident Reports) to confirm that there is no evidence of falsification allegations.  The hospital has confirmed that it would take any breaches seriously and address them with immediate action. In line with best practice in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, a number of hospital audits have been completed in relation to compliance with glucometer guidelines.

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