September 27, 2022

Consultant at St Luke’s Hospital failed to get consent before carrying out proceedures on female patients

ST Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny is seeking to suspend a senior hospital consultant who failed to obtain consent before carrying out gynaecological work on women patients.

The obstetrician at the centre of the case has said he did not feel he needed to obtain consent for “exploratory” tests he carried out on five female patients last year.

However, St Luke’s has reported the case to the Medical Council

It was reported this morning that the tests  on the women patients were stopped last September after nursing staff raised concerns over whether the required consents had been obtained from the patients.

Once it became aware of the issue, the hospital stopped the tests and told the patients involved.

A report commissioned by St Luke’s into the case was critical of the failure to secure consent.

The Ireland East Hospital Group which oversees St Luke’s has commissioned a second report into the case, according to a report in The Irish Times.

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