Terminal cancer patient wants accountability following UHK scan controversy

The family of a Listowel man whose cancer was not diagnosed for around a year is calling for more accountability in the health service.

Tony Hannon was twice given the all-clear following separate x-rays in University Hospital Kerry in 2016 despite continuing to suffer from chest infections, pneumonia, coughing and breathlessness.

Mr Hannon’s cancer, which is terminal, was diagnosed in April 2017 following a third x-ray, which his wife Marcella requested.

Mr Hannon is among eleven patients who suffered delayed diagnoses as a result of x-ray and scan failures at University Hospital Kerry; the locum radiologist at the centre of the controversy has since been suspended by the High Court.

Marcella Hannon says nobody from the HSE has met her husband in person and they are very angry and hurt by this:

 

Journalist with the Irish Daily Mail, Neil Michael told Talkabout he believes if the scandal had happened in Dublin there would have been a bigger reaction: