Expert astounded at negligence of Limerick hospital consultants

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April A MEDICAL expert has described the delayed diagnosis of fatal cancer in a 61-year old man, who had been in and out of the University Hospital in Limerick for a decade, as “astounding”.UK based Consultant Urological Surgeon, Ron Miller, made the remarks at the conclusion of his report into the treatment of the late Timothy Moynihan from Hospital in Co. Limerick who died of cancer in 2009.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Moynihan’s son, Gerard, settled a civil High Court case for damages against the HSE for an undisclosed sum before Christmas.Mr Miller said that raised levels in tests carried out ten years earlier and later abnormalities in Mr Moynihan’s prostate should have set off alarm bells and led to further tests and treatment which could have saved him.“Patients do not turn up with disseminated prostate cancer with bone secondaries in a period of days or weeks. This process usually takes many years,” he said.Having examined the medical notes of Mr Moynihan’s treatment and investigations, which began in 1997 and led to a diagnosis of early bladder cancer in 1998, Mr Miller criticised the lack of a particular procedure – a bimanual examination – which he said was vital in checking the prostate of anyone at risk.The prostate cancer was not diagnosed until two months before Mr Moynihan’s death.“While it is not uncommon to find difficulties in the diagnosis of prostate cancer by General Practitioners, the negligence of the Urology Department remains astounding.“In 2008, Mr Moynihan presented to hospital with terminal disseminated prostate cancer, despite the fact that he had undergone 10 years of intensive hospital monitoring for a superficial bladder cancer involving regular check cystoscopies by experienced Urological Surgeons,” Mr Miller said.“The fact that multiple check cystoscopies for bladder cancer were carried out without bimanual examination is prima facie evidence of poor standard of care. On the balance of probabilities, there is no doubt that had Mr Moynihan’s prostate cancer being diagnosed at an earlier stage curative treatment could have been instituted thus preventing the disseminated nature of disease and fatal outcome,” he concluded.The dead man’s son, Gerard told the Limerick Post: “these were basic tests but they were not done. It’s unbelievable that urologists did not diagnose the cancer”,Gerard obtained his father’s medical records on foot of a Freedom of Information request.“I would urge everyone who is reading this and has any symptoms to insist on having these tests, particularly men over the age of fifty”.The HSE said it cannot comment on individual cases. Facebook Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Linkedin Email Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img NewsExpert astounded at negligence of Limerick hospital consultantsBy Bernie English – January 9, 2014 2705 Hospital bosses deny claims of manipulating trolley figures Previous articleThey might be giantsNext articleLimerick hurlers return to action Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement Print WhatsApp TAGSfeaturedhealth last_img read more