Thursday, 17 October 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
I thank the Ceann Comhairle. I want to raise the issue of a documentary which was aired on RTÉ 1 on 5 and 6 October.
I appreciate that the Tánaiste may not be aware of it as he has been extremely busy. It concerned the sad story of the late Eileen Kenny, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008. Following surgery and chemotherapy, she received the all-clear in 2009. A follow-up scan confirmed this in February 2010. Ms Kenny had a scan in 2012 but she was never told the result of that scan, which showed a clear recurrence of the disease. Ms Kenny had no scans between 2010 and 2012. She should have started treatment in February 2012 but it did not start for a further eight months. She settled a medical negligence claim and received an apology from the treating consultant oncologist but the family is bitterly disappointed with the response from the Irish Medical Council. Could the Tánaiste bring this matter to the attention of the Minister for Health and ensure he will make contact with the family and review the decision of the Irish Medical Council?