Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says the government must move swiftly to allay the fears of women who are worried about smear test results as a result of the CervicalCheck scandal.
She’s calling on Minister Simon Harris to ensure that the independent inquiry announced by the government is established without delay and that a report on the controversy is published as soon as possible.
“Women across Cavan and Monaghan are justifiably worried about their own experiences with the CervicalCheck programme, and particularly the outcome of their smear tests. The drip-drip feed of information from CervicalCheck, the HSE and the Health Minister Simon Harris has heightened anxiety, especially when they read about or listen to the ordeal which Vicky Phelan was put through in order to get information about her own case.
“The fact that as many as 17 women at the centre of the CervicalCheck controversy have died is truly shocking and will undoubtedly increase fear levels among women who have, up until last week, placed their faith in the system.
“I welcome the independent inquiry announced by the government, however it cannot be allowed to be delay any further information from being put into the public domain. We need full disclosure from CervicalCheck, the HSE, and the Health Minister as to what mistakes were made.
“I would be very anxious that women who received delayed diagnoses are not forced through the courts process to find out what happened. The revelations that have emerged over the past week are horrific. It is imperative that this independent inquiry establishes what happened in these cases and measures are taken to ensure that it never happens again”.