27/02/2008

Misdiagnosis Report Due Soon

The scandal over misdiagnosis of nine Midlands women for breast cancer will again be highlighted when the long-awaited report into the issue is finally published.

The Tánaiste told the Dáil today this would be as "soon as possible", although it is believed that the findings of the Health Service Executive inquiry into the scandal are already being studied by the Minister for Health Mary Harney.

Last autumn, nine women who attended the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise were falsely diagnosed with breast cancer after originally being given the all-clear.

Breast radiology services were immediately suspended at the hospital and a consultant radiologist was put on administrative leave.

Mr Cowen said National Hospitals Office Executive Ann Doherty has completed a report into the scandal and had sent it to HSE bosses and to Ms Harney.

Two other reports into the scandal – relating to HSE management and to clinical practices – are also being compiled.

(BMcC)

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