Tallaght Hospital to set up internal review

Tallaght Hospital has announced it is setting up an internal review into how patient information was released to the national media on a patient who spent 29 hours on a trolley on Monday.

The hospital said it is doing this arising from concerns expressed by an elderly patient to senior management about the circumstances surrounding the disclosure and characterisation of certain confidential information.

Tallaght Hospital said the patient in question has expressed strong dissatisfaction with the manner in which his personal clinical circumstances have been revealed and elements of his care misrepresented in media and other public channels over the past 24 hours.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he does not blame individual managers at Tallaght for the delay.

“Almost all of them are doing the best they can, unfortunately this isnt an isolated incident. It is indefensible that anyone should spend more than 24 hours in an emergency department, unfortunately on any given day there could be 30 or 40 people who spend more than 24 hours in an emergency department and most of them are elderly people because most of the people in hospitals now are elderly and that is the reality of it.”