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Progress report into CervicalCheck scandal doesn’t inspire confidence - Louise O'Reilly TD

12 June, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly was critical of certain aspects of the progress report into the CecvicalCheck scandal which was published this afternoon. 

Teachta O’Reilly said: 

“There are a number of aspects of the progress report which are concerning, not least the announcement of a delay in the publication of the final report. 

“I would take issue with the foreword to the progress report and its assertion not that the women involved have been let down, rather that they only feel they have been let down by the health service. 

“An objective analysis of the CervicalCheck scandal shows that these women and their families have been let down by the health service. 

“Furthermore, the suggestion that women themselves need to increase their knowledge and understanding of the screening process is somewhat concerning.

“Most Women have an understanding of their health and their health needs. 

"When it comes to screening programmes such as CervicalCheck women have as much knowledge and understanding as is provided to them – unfortunately, as was discovered during the course of the scandal, the information provided in the CervicalCheck information leaflet was far from adequate. 

“Finally, the delay and difficulties Dr Scally has had in how documents have been provided to him is unacceptable. 

"It is outlined in the progress report that a significant proportion of documentation which existed previously in electronic format was provided to the inquiry in hard copy format or in a format which is non-searchable electronically, without any reason for why this was done. 

“In spite of my concerns, I do have hope that the inquiry can deliver for the women affected. 

"In particular I am heartened by Dr Scally’s engagement with the women affected and their families and his assertion that the testimonies of these women strengthen his resolve to ensure they receive the answers they need and want."

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