The consultant radiologist at the centre of the cancer misdiagnosis controversy at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise has been asked to return to work.

Dr Visa Moodley was put on leave last August after breast cancer services were suspended at the hospital and nine women who had been given the all clear were later found to have breast cancer.

A number of reports into the affair are expected to be published tomorrow by the Health Minister Mary Harney and the HSE.

Late last year Dr Moodley said she had always acted in the best interests of patients and claimed she was placed on leave for being overly cautious and requesting too many tests.

Specialists at the hospital warned management in 2006 that problems with the mammography equipment left open a huge potential for litigation.