In yet another example of a grossly inadequate and unreliable health service, hundreds of patients across the country have been recalled after the discovery of errors in thousands of scans and X-ray readings.
The readings were allegedly performed by three temporary radiologists who have since left the country.
It is understood that at least one patient had an unnecessarily delayed cancer diagnosis as a result of the mistakes made. According to sources, the review in some hospitals is ongoing.
The radiologists in question worked in seven different facilities, including Kerry General Hospital, Cavan Monaghan Hospital and Bantry General Hospital.
The latter was the worst affected, with 4,388 scans and X-rays examined between May and September 2013 having to be reviewed. The fallout from this was that 50 patients had to be recalled at this hospital alone, and one patient received a late cancer diagnosis as a result.
The radiologists involved in the disaster have been reported to the Medical Council.