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Scally Report highlights need for culture shift and political leadership – O’Reilly

12 September, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin TD and Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has responded to the Scally Report into the CervicalCheck crisis by saying that an inquiry was needed, alongside a full debate in the Dáil, and a dramatic culture shift and political leadership to ensure that this dark chapter in Irish history is not repeated.

Teachta O’Reilly also said that, as vice-chair of the Health Committee, she will be calling upon Dr Gabriel Scally to discuss the Report and the HSE to discuss their response and implementation plan.

The Dublin Fingal TD said:

“The Scally Report recommendations are wide ranging and there are some positives to be taken from the body of work. However, what Dr Scally could do and discover was limited by virtue of the fact that his terms of reference which provided for a scoping inquiry only.

“A full inquiry is needed to uncover the flaws that led to such a level of systemic failure. We need to know this so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

“We must have a full debate in the Dáil to examine the recommendations and to hear from the Minister exactly what he intends to do regarding implementation.

“Most importantly, the Report demonstrates quite clearly that a culture shift in required in the Irish Health industry. This has been echoed by survivors and their families. There is no accountability and the buck seems to stop nowhere. Political leadership is now required to put a stop to this and to move to affect that culture shift to prevent this type of disgrace from visiting the Irish people again and to restore the confidence of the public that their medical care and wellbeing is always the priority.

“What this Report has done is shine a light onto a very dark chapter of Irish history where women were betrayed and far, far too many lost their lives without even being given the dignity of the truth.” 

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