Monday, 19 November, 2018

Vicky Phelan brandishes Scally report media leak as "white wash"

CervicalCheck scandal victim Vicky Phelan CervicalCheck scandal victim Vicky Phelan
Celia Hoffman | 14 September, 2018, 21:58

It also points to a lack of understanding of responsibilities by people overseeing the scheme.

Harris has since described the publication's disclosure as "extremely regrettable".

The review contains 50 recommendations and he feels the system can be repaired if these recommendations are followed, rather than having to wait for potentially years for a commission to produce a report.

However, its failure to name any individuals involved in the scandal will be a major disappointment.

Long and short-term measures have been recommended in the report but Dr Scally has said that a commission of investigation into the CervicalCheck crisis does not need to be established.

This type of investigation has been called for by victims, who want it held in public.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was "disgusted" that people who were ill or bereaved had to hear about it in this way.

Annacotty woman Vicky Phelan received €2.5m in a High Court settlement against a United States laboratory after she was not informed of an audit into an incorrect smear test from 2011.

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Stephen Teap, whose wife Irene died after two wrong test results, said he was "heartbroken" at the disrespect shown.

As the Government grappled with its latest mishandling they both received a private viewing of the report in Limerick, along with cancer survivor Lorraine Walsh.

Vicky Phelan has responded angrily to the news that parts of the Scally Report - a 200-page scoping report by Dr Gabriel Scally into the CervicalCheck controversy - had been leaked to the media by saying that she feels she had woken up to "a whitewash".

"It had been confirmed to us yesterday by Gabriel Scally and the minister that we would be briefed prior to the report going to Cabinet or published".

But a lack of documents from the HSE delayed his investigation and he was continuing to receive some of the 12,000 records he eventually received in recent weeks.

The minister said the laboratories used to read the CervicalCheck scans are safe and capable of carrying out this work, according to the report.

However, it doesn't single out any individuals for blame.

The false negative test result was uncovered during CervicalCheck's retrospective internal audit and was relayed to her doctor in 2016.

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