10 March 2010

Fitzgerald calls for answers and resources for Tallaght x-ray debacle

FG Senator asks for explanation on how problem with x-ray reviews could take place and for resources to be put in place to speed up review and assure patients

Fine Gael local Senator Frances Fitzgerald has called for a full explanation into the x-ray debacle which has emerged at Tallaght Hospital.

Speaking in the Senate this morning, Senator Fitzgerald said, “People need to know how this could possibly have been allowed to happen in a modern-day hospital. How did it go undetected for so long and when was the issue first brought to the Minister’s attention? This is yet another failure of our health service to protect and inspire public confidence.”

“The Government must now immediately provide the necessary resources to ensure that the reviews of x-rays can be carried out as quickly as possible to put the minds of patients are rest,” stated Senator Fitzgerald.

“Questions must be answered and must be answered quickly. It is incomprehensible that more than 57,000 x-rays were not reviewed by a consultant radiologist. Decisive action must be taken to address this problem and ensure patient safety. Government must be accountable on this issue and must provide assurances to any patients in Lucan and Clondalkin who are concerned about this issue,” concluded Senator Fitzgerald.