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Call for inquiry into Medical Council's handling of complaint

The family of a woman who died from cancer nearly three years ago have called for an independent inquiry into the Medical Council's handling of their complaint about her treatment.





Eileen Kenny had previously settled a medical negligence case against her treating consultant oncologist about aspects of her care, but had also lodged a complaint with the Medical Council.


The family's call came following the broadcast of Ms Kenny's story on RTÉ Radio One's "Documentary on One" programme. Ms Kenny was first diagnosed with cancer in 2008, after a tumour was found in her stomach.


Surgery and chemotherapy led to Ms Kenny getting the all clear in early 2009.

She also received another scan in February 2010. However, she learned in late 2012 that the cancer had returned.


Ms Kenny had been given a scan in February of that year, but said that she was never told of the results of that scan, which showed a clear recurrence of the disease.


Her husband Jim Kenny told RTÉ News that his wife had not been aware that her cancer was high-risk and needed to be monitored with regular scans, but that there were no scans carried out for two years between 2010 and 2012.


Financial Blueprint of a Medical Negligence Case


Medical Negligence and personal injury cases are often a topic of conversation in Ireland. A case is built on the strength of expert reports and testimony. The ancillary costs are driven up by lack of access to salient medical records and details. This further underlines the need for mandatory disclosure and the need for patients to have live access to their own updated medical records.


At Peter McDonnell & Associates we know from experience that the single greatest cause of worry for clients is the issue of legal fees and costs. People worry that before a case commences or at the end of their case, they will be presented with a large legal bill that will be impossible to pay.


You can speak to our expert medical negligence team by contacting us on 087 2285247 or law@petermcdonnell.ie


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