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Patients recalled as thousands of botched X-ray readings discovered at Irish hospitals

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
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Hundreds of patients have been recalled after errors were found in thousands of scans and X-ray readings, reports the Irish Times.

The botched readings were performed by temporary, locum radiologists who have since left the country.

At least one patient has had a late cancer diagnosis as a result of the mistakes made, and the review is continuing in some hospitals, The Irish Times reports.

The three locum radiologists had worked at seven hospitals across Ireland.

These include Kerry General Hospital, Cavan Monaghan Hospital and Bantry General Hospital.

The locum who worked in Bantry went on to work in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Wexford General Hospital and Roscommon Hospital.

Bantry was the worst affected where 4,388 scans and X-rays examined between May and September 2013 had to be looked at again, 50 patients were recalled and one had a delayed cancer diagnosis.

The locum radiologists have been reported to the Medical Council after the issues with their work was reported to the HSE by medical colleagues.

The problems highlight the dangers arising from the heavy reliance on temporary staff to fill vacant posts.