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Government responsible for continued toxic culture of unaccountability at HSE – Munster

2 May, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD


Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has said the handling of recent revelations of misdiagnosis at CervicalCheck is yet another shocking indictment of the state failing women, and has reiterated calls for the resignation of the head of the HSE, Tony O’Brien.

Teachta Munster said:

“We now know that the cases of over 1500 women with cervical cancer have not been audited.

“We also know that seventeen women have died.

“What makes this horrific scandal even worse is the government’s handling of the matter. In 2017, the government and Fianna Fáil had the opportunity to vote on legislation to make open disclosure mandatory, rather than the current voluntary system. The government voted against it and Fianna Fáil abstained. Both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s actions allowed this shameful catastrophe to occur.

“There is no accountability in the HSE. The government must take the HSE to task. Minister Simon Harris said last week that he did not have confidence in the management of CervicalCheck. Does he have confidence in Tony O’Brien?

“Does he have confidence in the culture of concealment and cover up that appears to be rife in the HSE? This is our public health service that would rather women die than admit that the service was at fault.

“We need to be sure that something like this can never happen again. Until there is accountability and justice for the women who have been wronged, nothing will change.”

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