May 7, 2008

Pathology Update

Diagnostic Services of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority today received an interim report from the pathologist conducting the external review of 700 cases of a Winnipeg pathologist.

To date, 289 of the 700 cases have been reviewed. The review showed that 275 of the 289 cases were reported properly. The 14 other cases require further review. That is being done by at least two pathologists who have specialized expertise in those specific type of complex cases and three cancer specialists. It is expected that the review of remaining cases will be completed by the end of the month.

To date, 155 people have called the WRHA Inquiry Line. All of them are receiving calls back and their files being reviewed as appropriate, starting with the most recent cases.

Dr. Brock Wright, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the WRHA stressed that the review is being done out of an abundance of caution. "The public needs to know that when issues like this are raised, they are taken very seriously. Patient safety is always our number one concern."

Dr. Amin Kabani, Chief Medical Officer of DSM said the review will continue and that if it uncovers anything of significance, that information will be shared publicly.

For more information contact:

Heidi Graham
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Phone: (204) 926-7178
Cell: (204) 223-9089

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