HOSPITAL FACES CRITICISM IN HEALTH SERVICE REVIEW ON CARRICK LADY’S DEATH

10 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CONSIDERABLE public interest was aroused at the weekend into a Health Service Executive report into the death of a 31-year-old South Monaghan lady, following treatment at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, which found that the hospital had “completely failed her”.
THE controversial review also stated it was “very concerned” that, after reports into other adverse events at the hospital, a delayed diagnosis of a cancer patient, Carrickmacross lady, Sharon McEneaney, who was a former crèche manager, had occurred.
“This calls into question the standards of care and the safety culture and priorities in the hospital,” the report declared.
It also raised “major concerns” about the “administrative and organisational skills” of the consultant obstetric gynaecologist in charge of Ms McEneaney’s care.
Though unnamed in this report, Dr Etop Samson Akpan was found guilty of poor professional performance in respect of the case by a Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee, last January.
Any sanction imposed on him has not yet been made public.
Ms McEneaney, had a cancerous tumour in her abdomen and died in April 2009.
She first went to the Co Louth hospital’s emergency department in October 2007, with abdominal pain. She had previously been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition which increased her risk of developing a malignancy.
On November 7th, after a third visit, she was admitted to the hospital where a scan showed up a mass.
Dr Akpan suggested …

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