Com­pen­sa­tion claims are made against Bow­elScreen

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

A se­cret com­pen­sa­tion pay­out was made by Bow­elScreen over a failed in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ce­dure while a num­ber of fur­ther claims have been taken against the ser­vice aris­ing from cases of mis­di­ag­no­sis car­ried out at Wex­ford Gen­eral Hospi­tal, it has been re­ported.

Ear­lier this year, an ex­ter­nal re­view re­vealed that 13 bowel can­cers were missed at Wex­ford Gen­eral Hospi­tal and de­spite re­peated alerts by a mem­ber of staff, there was no ac­tion to re­call patients who were wrongly given the all clear for a year. In Jan­uary 2017, it emerged that a re­view of 615 cases and a re­call of patients found 13 prob­a­ble can­cers were missed by one doc­tor. One pa­tient died be­fore the re­view which cov­ered the pe­riod March 2013 to Novem­ber 2014. The doc­tor who car­ried out the colon­scopies went on leave in 2015. Six of the patients were from Wex­ford and seven from Car­low-Kilkenny.

The com­pen­sa­tion set­tle­ment which was cov­ered by a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment, arose out of a fail­ure to de­tect can­cer through a colonoscopy. It is un­der­stood the con­fi­den­tial­ity was re­quested by the pa­tient who was re­ceiv­ing on­go­ing treat­ment.

Bow­elScreen which started in 2012 aims to find bowel can­cer at an early stage in peo­ple who have no symp­toms in the 60-69 age group.

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