5 Mar 2010

DHB boss admits mistake over radiologist's workload

9:07 pm on 5 March 2010

The chief executive of Whanganui District Health Board has admitted she gave wrong information about a radiologist's workload that sparked concerns about patient safety.

Julie Patterson had told media that Whanganui Hospital's only radiologist was carrying the workload of three-and-a-half full-time doctors.

But Mrs Patterson told a board meeting on Friday she had misinterpreted a briefing from staff, and included work done by a private radiology contractor.

Mrs Patterson says the radiologist is reading scans that would normally be read by just under two fulltime staff in a working week averaging 60 hours.

The increased risk of human error is being managed, she says.