Thursday, 16 August, 2018

FG TD Questions HSE Chief Role In Remaining Weeks

Tony O'Brien toldĀ the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that he had not been in a position to hear the interview this morning Tony O'Brien toldĀ the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that he had not been in a position to hear the interview this morning
Ben Pena | 15 May, 2018, 01:57

The executive said it is still working to contact all the women affected - and has now been in touch with 201 women or families.

He says he didn't know about women not being told of the audits of their smear tests - and there's no way smear testing can be infallible.

There are 10 legal challenges similar to Ms Phelan's in the pipeline.

Mr Howlin said that information needs to come out in the coming days and weeks and he hopes it will not take months or years to happen as the women want those answers and they want them now. The HSE introduced a policy of open disclosure in 2013.

"There is no place to hide here, all of the facts need to be established and all of the facts will be established", he said.

CervicalCheck, the HSE's national cervical screening programme, revealed earlier this month that an audit showed 208 women diagnosed with cancer should have received earlier intervention.

He was warned of a risk that the affected women, many of whom were not told of their audit results, would alert media.

Tony O'Brien has hit out at the conduct of the Public Accounts Committee that met to discuss the implications of the CervicalCheck revelations on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, Regina Doherty, Ireland's Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, branded the language in the notes "absolutely outrageous" and "disgusting".

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"I have asked him to make sure that the HSE and all of its employees co-operate in full with the Scally inquiry", he said.

The Herald understands the Department of Health is to issue medical cards to the women and provide some practical supports, like transport for hospital appointments.

A email trawl in the Department of Health last night led officials to issue a statement claiming neither Leo Varadkar or Simon Harris were alerted to a series of explosive memos in 2016. The Fine Gael-led government relies on a confidence and supply agreement with Fianna Fail to stay in power.

Ireland's health minister has said he would like future cervical smear tests to be analysed in Irish labs, but only if they have the capacity.

"We don't want to have a situation where we decide to use labs in our own country and then have very long waiting times for smear tests because we know that would have an adverse impact on women's health".

He added: "The response to the crisis has been shocking in my view, it has been very badly managed".

United Kingdom health expert Dr Gabriel Scally has been commissioned by the Irish Government to lead an inquiry into the misinterpretation of the cancer tests.

A special cabinet meeting due to be held in Monaghan tomorrow has been moved back to Dublin so the Taoiseach can continue to deal with the scandal.

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