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Hospital says backlog of 6,000 reports poses 'no risk to patient safety'

Tallaght Hospital has said the backlog was caused by “an increase in Radiology productivity and a deficit in clerical resources”.

The exterior of Tallaght Hospital (file photo)
The exterior of Tallaght Hospital (file photo)
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TALLAGHT HOSPITAL HAVE said that a backlog of 6,000 reports on scans poses “no risk to patient safety”.

Their statement follows a report from RTÉ News that the hospital was experiencing a backlog of thousands of reports which related to X-rays and other scans.

The delays related specifically to typed cardiology reports for adults.

The hospital has said that the delays were caused by “an increase in Radiology productivity and a deficit in clerical resources”.

Admitting that it was “administrative concern”, the statement said that the risk had now been identified and would be dealt with by the hospital.

Steps to decrease the backlog involve “an upgraded approach to demand management involving clinical and technical staff”, along with the implementation of a voice recognition module and a reassessment of how clerical resources are allocated.

In-full: Statement from Tallaght Hospital >

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