Nobody reads X-rays in Tallaght hospital, and nobody opens GPs’ letters either.
What’s that all about?
I can just about understand how the 58,000 X-rays weren’t checked because there are too few consultant radiologists in the hospital. If you haven’t got enough people, you can’t do the work.
But how did 30,000 GP referral letters get thrown in a drawer, unopened?
Is there something about the envelopes GPs use? Is there a big stamp on the front that says Urgent Letter For Sick Patient from Family Doctor. Please Ignore?
Did somebody go through the mail every day saying, Bill, yep, ok! Invoice, ok! Cheque for fees, ok! GP’s referral — ooops, bin!
They didn’t even open them. How was that done?
Were they using all the X-ray people to see through the envelopes?