Delay in review of cervical smear tests disappointing but unsurprising - Louise O'Reilly TD
Speaking this morning Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has said she is disappointed but not surprised that the independent physical review of around 3,000 cervical smear slides has still to begin.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“When the progress report into the CervicalCheck scandal was published a few weeks ago I stated publically that the report of the progress of the inquiry so far didn’t inspire confidence.
“The news today that the independent physical review of around 3,000 cervical smear slides has still to begin has reinforced my concerns.
“The review of these tests had been expected to be completed by the end of May, yet we are informed today by the Department of Health that the re-analysis has not even started.
“Everything around the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck scandal has been delayed to date, including a delay in the publication of the final report.
“These delays and the concerns raised by Dr Scally, the head of scoping inquiry, into the manner in how documents have been provided to him are extremely concerning.
“We need to have faith in the process of this inquiry and the review of the 3,000 smear tests and such delays undermine the confidence of the women affected as well as the confidence of the general public.
“There should be no resource, financial or human, spared when it comes to making sure the inquiry and the review of the smear tests can deliver effectively and on time.
“The Minister for Health must state publically why these delays have happened and what he is doing to rectify the situation.
“Finally, it is incredibly important that women continue to get smear tests and that no effort is spared in restoring confidence in the cervical cancer screening programme."