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‘Errors’ discovered in temporary histopathologist’s reports at Sligo

A spokesperson for the Saolta University Health Care Group told the Medical Independent (MI) that contact was made with all the patients where there was a change in their report. However, details of how many patient reports were implicated were not disclosed to MI.

According to Saolta, the temporary consultant worked at the hospital from mid-June to late August 2015 and no longer works there.

Saolta’s spokesperson informed MI: “Following concerns raised by another consultant at the hospital, a preliminary risk assessment was undertaken and it identified a number of errors in reports (tests) read by the temporary consultant histopathologist.” As a result of this, a review of all the consultant’s work at Sligo University Hospital was undertaken.

“Contact was made with all the patients where there was a change in their report. The amended reports were communicated to the primary clinicians, who reviewed the relevant patient files and made contact with all the patients concerned. No serious adverse clinical events due to the amended reports were identified. The HSE nationally were advised and the doctor was reported to the Irish Medical Council by the hospital.”

According to the spokesperson, the doctor was on the specialist register for histopathology. The review was referenced in the report of the Group Chief Clinical Director, Dr Pat Nash, at Saolta’s Executive Council meeting on 25 November 2015.

“A look-back review of the work of a locum histopathologist in Sligo University Hospital is taking place following concerns expressed by clinicians there,” read the minutes.

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