Royal Victoria Hospital: X-rays

Part of Health, Social Services and Public Safety – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 25th June 2012.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:30 pm, 25th June 2012

I regret any distress or anxiety caused to patients and their families affected by the backlog of unreported X-rays at the Royal Victoria Hospital. I am advised by the Health and Social Care Board, which has been working closely with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, that urgent actions are in hand to address the backlog, including arrangements to increase radiological capacity through the use of external providers in addition to trust staff. I am informed that the backlog is likely to be cleared in early August. My Department will be seeking assurances from the HSCB and the Public Health Agency that relevant X-rays have been reported on by an appropriate clinician and that no further backlogs exist.