Bowel cancer cases “missed” at Wexford General Hospital

Wexford General hospital
Wexford General hospital

Twelve cases of bowel cancers were missed and one person's death could probably have been avoided at Wexford General Hospital.

This evening it is reported that around 600 patients have now been recalled, due to issues with colonoscopies at the hospital in 2013 and 2014.

The patients, who are from both Wexford county and beyond, had undergone a screening colonoscopy or a diagnostic colonoscopy, some as part of the national BowelScreen programme.

"The recall of all patients and the subsequent report and its findings are in the final stages,”  Ireland East Hospital Group, under which Wexford General is managed, said in a statement this evening.

They said once the report has been signed off it will be sent to various parties before it can be published.

The HSE sent up the national BowelScreen programme following the death of Suzie Long in October 2007.

There are 15 hospitals nationwide established as designated centres.

Susie Long died due to a delay of about seven months in getting a colonoscopy in the public hospital system.