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Minister Harris has misled us all - Louise O'Reilly TD

7 April, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said the latest revelations that the Chief Medical Officer did not back Simon Harris' blanket offer for free smear tests, show that the Minister for Health has been misleading us all.

Speaking this morning, Teachta O’Reilly said:

"The revelations of the CervicalCheck scandal were shocking when the story broke.

"In the aftermath, all that could be done should have been attempted to allay the fears of women across the state.

"Confidence in the health system had been damaged over the scandal and everything from then on regarding the cervical screening programme should have been carried out transparently, truthfully, and effectively.

"It is clear now that this did not happen and the Minister mislead us all.

"Over the past five days a raft of new evidence has emerged casting doubt in the Minister’s assertion that his policy decision was supported.

“When the Minister appears before the Oireachtas Health Committee he must be truthful and answer the many outstanding questions and he must also make himself available to answer questions in the Dáil."

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