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Royal Victoria Hospital

Patients facing cancer diagnosis delay

26 MARCH 2015

BY NIALL MCCRACKEN

PATIENTS waiting for a potential diagnosis of cancer may have to be called back to hospital following the failure of equipment used to examine biopsies at the Royal Victoria Hospital, The Detail can reveal.

The Belfast Health Trust has confirmed that “a fault occurred” with a machine used to provide laboratory results for medical staff diagnosing patients.

The trust would not comment on individual cases but The Detail understands tissue samples affected range from serious instances of potentially cancerous biopsies to skin samples taken because of more routine queries.

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Loyalist gang

Above The Law: paramilitary 'punishment' attacks in Northern Ireland

22 MARCH 2015

BY KATHRYN TORNEY

THERE have been more than 6,000 paramilitary ‘punishment’ attacks on men, women and children across Northern Ireland since the start of the Troubles.

Lives were lost and limbs destroyed in assaults and shootings carried out by paramilitary organisations on both sides. Attacks have continued into the present day with almost 500 such incidents reported in the last six years alone.

For ‘Above The Law’, a Below The Radar TV production in association with RTÉ’s Investigation Unit, The Detail reports on ‘punishment’ attack data held by the PSNI.

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There are concerns over how controversial hospital deaths are investigated.

Deaths in our hospitals: who investigates?

16 MARCH 2015

BY NIALL MCCRACKEN

Almost 7,000 people die in hospital in Northern Ireland every year, but major questions have emerged during an investigation by The Detail which examined whether the scrutiny of these deaths is sufficiently robust

In a series of special reports today, The Detail reveals concerns over how controversial hospital deaths are investigated.

Our reports are being published as politicians at Stormont are divided over a request from Northern Ireland’s top law officer, Attorney General John Larkin QC, who is seeking greater powers to scrutinise hospital deaths.

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Dame Janet Smith led an inquiry into the killings of Dr Harold Shipman

Shipman judge critical of NI system for investigating deaths

16 MARCH 2015

THE senior judge who led the Inquiry into the notorious killer Dr Harold Shipman says Department of Health plans for investigating hospital deaths in Northern Ireland would not flag up where "bad practice has been concealed".

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Neil Cormican was mistakenly prescribed potassium

"My family feel let down"

16 MARCH 2015

BEREAVED family say they have been left "frustrated and disillusioned" by flaws in the system for investigating hospital deaths here.

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Stormont's Justice Committee is divided over the Attorney General's amendment

Justice Committee deadlocked on Attorney General power

16 MARCH 2015

NORTHERN Ireland’s Justice Committee has failed to reach an agreement on whether or not the Attorney General should be granted more power to investigate hospital deaths here.

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Leckey

Deaths reported ‘late’ to coroner doubled last year

16 MARCH 2015

THE number of hospital deaths reported 'late' to the coroner in Northern Ireland has doubled in the last year, The Detail can reveal.

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