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Call To Bring Cervical Testing Back To Ireland

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10:13 AM - 21 Jul 2019



There are calls for the Government to stop out-sourcing women's health.

It follows confirmation from the HSE that 11,500 women were affected over a three year period by out-of-date cervical testing kits.

Solidarity People Before Profit Deputy, Brid Smith, says Health Minister Simon Harris needs to bring Irish healthcare home.

She believes he needs to show he really cares about the health of Irish women by setting up courses in colleges and universities to bring back the required skills to the Irish health system.

Deputy Smith says this would train up clinicians and lab technicians to deliver the service that women deserve in this country for women who live in this country.

The TD's demand comes after the chairperson of the review, DCU Professor Brian MacCraith assured patient representatives that "rapid review" into the latest controversy within the CervicalCheck screening programme will investigate the role of officials within the Department of Health

It follows concern from opposition politicians that the role of the department was not explicitly included in the terms of reference for the investigation.

It emerged over the past week that 856 women did not receive the results of their screening test on time due to an IT issue at a US lab hired by the HSE.

 



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