HSE ‘looking into’ denial of pain relief case

The HSE has confirmed that it is “looking into” the case of a Donegal patient who was refused specialist pain relief treatment at a Dublin hospital.

The HSE has confirmed that it is “looking into” the case of a Donegal patient who was refused specialist pain relief treatment at a Dublin hospital.

Thomas Keaveney, a 40-year-old father of two from Convoy, has survived three bouts of cancer since 2001 and is currently in remission. He still has a tumour, now benign, on his neck which causes intense pain. In addition, chemotherapy treatment permanently damaged nerves in his back and neck, also resulting in chronic pain.

He has attended St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin once or twice a year since 2006 for specialist pain relief treatment. When he went to the hospital on April 3, he was told that he could no longer be given the treatment there. Cutbacks, he was told, meant that the hospital could only treat patients from the greater Dublin area, with the sole exception of the national designated liver transplant programme.

Yesterday (Wednesday) the HSE issued the following statement. “The HSE is looking into the individual circumstances concerning a St. Vincent’s University Hospital patient.

“The HSE are in discussions with St. Vincent’s University Hospital and other hospitals to ensure that patients who clinically need treatment are treated in the most appropriate setting and that this continues.”

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