100 RVH Patients To Be Recalled

More than 100 patients are to be recalled over concerns they were not treated properly.

It is understood the call backs affect patients who visited the Royal Victoria Hospital emergency department between 6 May and 20 June.

The patients were treated by a locum doctor who no longer works for the Trust.

The Belfast Trust has stressed the review is "strictly precautionary", adding, "our investigation to-date has not identified that any patient has come to harm."

Patients affected, will have received letters asking them to return to the hospital for a precautionary review and check-up.

Trust Medical Director Dr Tony Stevens said people should not be unduly concerned, explaining: "We are reviewing one doctor's performance and have identified a number of people that we would like to follow-up. Those people have been contacted.

"I must stress that we are following-up with these patients as an additional precaution to make sure they received the best possible quality of care.

"This review affects a very small number of people. Over the seven week period under review almost 10,500 people attended ED in the Royal and we are reviewing 105 patient notes."

Speaking about the review, Alliance Health spokesperson Kieran McCarthy MLA has called on Health Minister Edwin Poots to investigate the circumstances that have resulted in the action.

Mr McCarthy said: "This is extremely concerning news that 100 patients are having their cases reviewed for possible misdiagnosis. This would be a serious breakdown in proper procedures if patients have had a misdiagnosis. We must have complete confidence in the decisions and the diagnosis that doctors are making.

"The Health Minister Edwin Poots must urgently review the circumstances that have resulted in this happening.

"He made a statement to the Assembly where he acknowledged that hospitals were struggling to meet their health targets. If this review of certain cases proves that mistakes were made, then serious questions must be asked as to why it was allowed happen.

"I hope the Minister will allow for a proper debate in the Assembly on this incident and other problems in the Health Service. So far he has been reluctant to do anything other than make short statements to Assembly Members which doesn't allow for proper scrutiny."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

25 November 2020
Up To Three Households Allowed To Mix Over Christmas
Up to three households could be allowed to mix over the Christmas period, under a set of temporary arrangements to be agreed by the Executive. First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill have signalled temporary arrangements that will be put in place between 23 and 27 December.
25 November 2020
Environment Minister Stresses The 'Importance Of Science'
Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots, has emphasised the importance of science, as he publishes DAERA's Science Strategy Framework, which will guide and direct how the Department will utilise science over the next 15 years in delivering services.
04 December 2020
No Further Restrictions Before Christmas
NI's non-essential retail and some parts of the hospitality sector will be allowed to reopen again next Friday, as the current circuit breaker restrictions end at midnight on Thursday 10 December. It follows Stormont talks on Thursday, following which Ministers said that there would not be any new restrictions before Christmas.
24 May 2010
NI Doctors Say 'Half Of Them Attacked'
Violence and abuse against doctors is a problem and on the rise, according to a report published by the British Medical Association in Northern Ireland (BMA(NI)) today.
22 May 2017
Concerns Raised Over Adult Mental Health Patients
The number of adult mental health patients waiting longer than nine weeks to access key services has more than doubled from 338 in March 2016 to over 800 in March 2017, according to new figures. Ulster Unionist Mental Health spokesperson, Robbie Butler MLA, warned that mental health patients could be coming to harm.