Issues had been raised by consultants and GPs about the work of a former radiologist at University Hospital Kerry whose work is now the focus of a major review.
In a briefing with public representatives hospital management and HSE representatives confirmed there are currently seven patients with serious delayed diagnoses.
20,923 scans relating to 12,923 patients have now been reviewed by a team of ten consultant radiologists.
Clinical Director of University Hospital Kerry, Dr Claire O’Brien, said a decision was made not to inform the public in general at the time.
This decision was made as they had to balance the risk of not causing unnecessary alarm and concern for patients while allowing them to identify patients in need for further treatment.
Dr O’Brien told Jerry O’Sullivan the review involving six external radiologists will take up to ten weeks to complete:
Councillor Toireasa Ferris says what is infuriating both the public and staff is the drip feeding of information, despite the HSE knowing about this issue since July and how this impacts on the reputation of University Hospital Kerry.
The Sinn Fein councillor claims she has been in contact with a fourth patient who has suffered a delayed cancer diagnosis:
Killarney GP Dr Gary Stack says it looks likely at this stage up to 30 patients out of the 27,000 involved will need follow up treatment.
Dr Stack feels there is a wider management issue to be considered in all hospitals:
The HSE helpline for concerned patients is 1800-742-900.