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‘Lack of confidence’ in cytogenetics service – haematologists

By Paul Mulholland | April 15, 2021

The Irish Haematology Society (IHS) wrote to the HSE National Director of Acute Operations last year to express a “lack of confidence in the current cytogenetics service available to adult patients with haematological cancers”, the Medical Independent (MI) can report. The letter, which was sent on 8 May 2020 and obtained by…

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