It’s been confirmed that seven people who suffered a delayed diagnosis due to X-ray and scan failures at University Hospital Kerry have died.
A review of over 46,000 scans, which was published last December, stated that four people had died at that point; the South/South West Hospital Group has now confirmed three further deaths.
A review of X-ray and scan failures at University Hospital Kerry found that scans of 11 patients were misread by a locum radiologist between March 2016 and July 2017; this radiologist no longer works at the hospital.
These 11 people suffered delayed diagnosis which had a serious impact on their health.
When the South/South West Hospital Group and UHK published this review of scans last December, it stated that four of these people had died.
A spokesperson for the hospital group has now confirmed that since then, three further patients have died, bringing the total number to seven.
The group says all eleven patients identified in the report had appropriate care and treatment following diagnosis.
They add there’s on-going communication with all patients and/or their families through the Risk Manager of the hospital.
The hospital and the hospital group have again apologised sincerely to all the patients and families involved.