Call for HSE to release findings of internal investigation

Partner of man who died frustrated at length of time it is taking to release findings

Declan Magee

Reporter:

Declan Magee

Call for HSE to release findings of internal investigation

The late Alasdair Nimmo.

The partner of a man who died within three weeks of having surgery for cancer has called on the HSE to release the findings of an internal investigation almost ten months after his death.
The HSE launched an internal review into the care of Glenfin resident, Alasdair Nimmo, who died on January 4th last.
Alasdair, (66), had been sent to University Hospital Galway for surgery to remove a tumor following a screening for bowel cancer at Letterkenny University Hospital. He was released on December 28th and returned home to Donegal.
But he remained ill and was readmitted to Letterkenny University Hospital on New Year’s Eve. He underwent emergency surgery and died four days later.
The internal review of Alasdair’s care in Galway and Letterkenny University Hospitals was initiated after his partner, John Farley, asked questions about his care in Galway, and in particular, the decision to release him.
John says the results of a post mortem found that Mr Nimmo died of organ failure due to septicemia.
The retired NHS theatre manager lodged a complaint with the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the weeks after Alasdair's death.
He is now frustrated at the length of time it is taking to release the findings of the investigation, as he says he had been told he would receive the report in August and then September.
A senior member of the medical staff at Galway University Hospital has written to Mr Farley concerning Alasdair’s death saying he had not come across such an event in his medical career.
The HSE said it could not comment on individual cases.
John says he now believes he is “being fobbed off” due to the delay in releasing the findings of the review.

For more see today's Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press.