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Backlog Of 80,000 Smear Tests In The System

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

06:44 13 Feb 2019


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There's a backlog of almost 80,000 cervical smear tests as the system struggles to cope with extra demand.

An additional 90,000 women sought a smear test after free re-checks were offered in the wake of the Cervical Check scandal.

HSE bosses will give an update on the Cervical Check scandal at an Oireachtas Committee this morning.

TDs and Senators will hear there remains a backlog of 78,000 tests in the system.

In the past it took four to six weeks to get a result from a smear test.

The current average waiting time is more than 13 weeks - although it can take 27 weeks for the report to be provided.

Interim Director General of the HSE Anne O'Connor will say they've tried hard to find extra capacity internationally to process the smear tests faster.

But she'll say there's a global shortage in cytology as more countries move towards HPV screening

The HSE bosses will say they're committed to introducing that screening here and that all resources are being put towards stabilizing the cervical screening programme.

 


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