Family of man who died after doctor failed to carry out cancer tests awarded €60,000

Family say they hope proper "fail-safe protocols" will now be put in place

The family of a man whose terminal cancer wasn’t diagnosed in time because certain tests weren't carried out hope “fail-safe protocols” will now be put in place.

Earlier, Wexford based consultant Dr. Colm Quigley apologised to John Curran’s family before their High Court action was settled for €60,000.

John Curran, a 53-year-old carpenter, died in April 2011, just a month after he was eventually diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

He’d been referred to Dr. Colm Quigley two years beforehand. Dr. Quigley wrote to his GP to say he was concerned about a possible tumour and wanted to run a number of tests.

The court heard those tests were never carried out.

His condition only came to light after he underwent surgery at St. Vincent’s in Dublin for something else.

Mr. Curran’s wife Rosarii Molloy-Curran today settled her case against Mr. Quigley, a former President of the Irish Consultants Association, for €60,000.

In a statement issued afterwards, the family urged anyone with concerns about their treatment, or that of a loved one, to follow their example and ensure their concerns are investigated and addressed.