Alleged chemotherapy toxicity deaths happened more than 15 years ago
The Health Department said today that during a meeting held earlier today between health authorities and Dr Stephen Brincat, with reference to the comments made in the press about people dying from chemotherapy toxicity in Gozo, the former head of the Oncology Department said that he could recall two cases where patients passed away having had treatment in Gozo against the advice of their consultant.
The cases occurred more than 15 years ago.
"At the time there was no specialist register in place to stipulate the administration of chemotherapy," the department said.
"The introduction of specialist registers since EU accession provides for appropriate safeguards for patients in the overseeing of administration of chemotherapy."
The claims were made by Dr Brincat when speaking to The Sunday Times. See http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20120902/local/Patients-killed-by-chemo-toxicity-.435230