Court told Tipp woman's negligence case has been settled11/10/2012 - 16:28:57
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has apologised to a 56-year-old Co Tipperary woman after medics failed to diagnose her breast cancer on three occasions.
Olive Fahey of Rahinch, Littleton in Thurles sued Barringtons Hospital in Limerick, the HSE and various medical professionals for negligence.
The High Court has been told the case has now settled.
Her case has prompted two reports: one concluded there was significant error by two medical practitioners at University Hospital Galway where the breast tissue samples were sent for analysis.
Lawyers for the HSE apologised in court on behalf of all of the defendants.
They said they wished to acknowledge the very difficult time she has been through due to the 19-month delay in diagnosing her cancer.
She has now settled her case for an undisclosed sum.
Her solicitor Cian O’Carroll says his client was forced into a five year long legal battle after being told she would be treated in a civil and compassionate way.
He says Olive was given a hug by former Health Minister Mary Harney in her office and was then 'betrayed'.
"She was a patient who felt referred time and time again; she knew there was something wrong and she found it difficult to believe the assurances she was getting" he said.
"So there was nothing for her to prove in this".
"This was a process which she was encouraged into through the HSE and the Minister for Health - and then she was betrayed" he added.
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