Date Published: 10 March 2010

Public trust and confidence in delivery of cancer services must be restored following Tallaght x-ray reporting failure, according to the Irish Cancer Society

Health News from Ireland

The Irish Cancer Society has said that it is imperative that public trust and confidence in the delivery of cancer services be restored following the revelation of a serious failure in Tallaght hospital around the reporting of 58,000 x-rays.

The fact that a patient is now being treated for cancer arising from this failure is a matter of serious concern to us in the Irish Cancer Society?, said Kathleen O'Meara, Head of Advocacy and Communications at the Society.

There have been many very positive developments in the delivery of cancer care in the last number of years, all designed to ensure that patients receive the best possible care and get the best possible results. However, incidents like these have the effect of undermining public confidence and trust and this must be addressed?, she said.

Ms. O'Meara said that full transparency around the causes of this failure is central to restoring public trust.

What has been termed a 'systems failure' must be fully explained and the findings of the independent investigation currently underway should be conducted with speed and the results published without delay, so that lessons are learned from this failure?.

 

 

Source: The Irish Cancer Society..

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