Claims two more people who suffered delayed diagnoses at UHK have died

It’s alleged that two more people who suffered a delayed diagnosis due to X-ray and scan failures at University Hospital Kerry have died.

A HSE report on a review of scans, which was published last December, stated that four people had died at that point.

Sinn Féin Councillor Toireasa Ferris, however, now says it’s her understanding that one person died last month while another has passed away in recent days.


A review of X-ray and scan failures at University Hospital Kerry found that scans of eleven patients were misread by a locum radiologist, who no longer works at the hospital.

These people suffered delayed diagnoses which had a serious impact on their health.

When the HSE report was published in December, it stated that four of these people had died.

Kerry Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris now says it’s her understanding that fifth person died last month, while a sixth passed away in recent days.

A spokesperson for the South/South West Hospital Group says UHK doesn’t comment on individual cases.

They added there continues to be on-going communication with all patients and/or families through the hospital’s Risk Manager.

Stephen McMahon of the Irish Patients’ Association, however, says the HSE needs to improve its communications.