Victims of misdiagnosis deserve better - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has expressed his “anger and outrage at the cervical smear scandal” and the “efforts of some in the HSE to deny the women victims of misdiagnosis truth and transparency”.
The Louth TD has written to the Minister for Health asking him a series of questions about the lack of transparency and accountability around this issue, the State policy of pursuing victims through the courts, and how many women in Louth were affected by the misdiagnosing of the cervical smear tests and were not informed by their doctors of this.
Teachta Adams said:
"The current scandal relating to smear tests for cervical cancer has only emerged because of the courage of Vicky Phelan. Without her determination to get to the truth the public might never have known of the many women whose smear tests were misdiagnosed and then covered-up.
"Her courage in combating the disgraceful way she and her husband were treated in court has also served to highlight the way in which the State deals with victims who seek legal redress. This is unacceptable.
"Over the last few days I have been contacted by women from Louth who are fearful that their cervical smear tests, which they thought were clear, may have been misdiagnosed. Tonight’s revelation by Minister Harris that “a considerable number of cases will not have been subjected to an audit of their screening history” has increased these fears”.
Deputy Adams also criticised Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for “opposing past efforts by Sinn Féin and others to ensure that there is duty of candour by health professionals that guarantees that patients are given the fullest information about their case.”