Cancer surgeon takes Dublin post
THE PORTLAOISE cancer surgeon who warned about serious shortcomings in breast cancer care at the town's hospital, has taken up a part-time surgery post at one of the designated centres of excellence for cancer care in Dublin.
Speaking last week at the Laois Hospice AGM, Peter Naughton, who specialises in breast cancer care, confirmed that St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin had made him an offer.
"I have been offered an open invitation by St Vincent's Hospital to do the type of work in St Vincent's that I did in Portlaoise, and I intend to take up that offer in the New Year," said Mr Naughton, who will spend part of the week in Dublin at the designated centre of excellence for cancer care.
The surgeon who pioneered breast surgery in Portlaoise over the past two decades, pledged that while in Dublin he would work for Laois people who can no longer access breast cancer services at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. "There will be particular welcome from people from Laois," he told the Hospice AGM last Thursday.
He spoke about the downgrading of the specialist unit in Portlaoise which culminated last year when it emerged that nine women had been misdiagnosed at the hospital. Mr Naughton got caught up in the storm when it emerged that he had warned successive Government Ministers about the shortcomings at Portlaoise, which was a designated as a specialist centre in 1994.
The surgeon told the AGM that over a five year period he made numerous, but unsuccessful contacts, with senior health management, professors and ‘two Ministers for Health’ calling for the necessary expertise to be appointed, and equipment upgraded.
Mr Naughton praised Laois Hospice for its work in cancer services but he was critical of the track record of the health services in spending on services for the care for the dying in Laois and the midlands. This despite the fact that Laois Hospice set up the first homecare hospice centre outside Dublin, a model that has been replicated elsewhere.
The surgeon will continue to practice in Portlaoise and work with Laois hospice but he said he intends to focus on building up the Cuisle Centre and integrating it with St Vincent's. Apart from his own move to Dublin he said a Cuisle Centre nurse would work at St Vincent’s one day a week to enhance treatment and aftercare.
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