“It is alarming to learn today from members of the Scally Review that there may be other women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal who are not included in the group of 221 identified by the HSE.”

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has said the Minister for Health must intervene to get clear answers to fresh questions and concerns raised today by the Scally Review into the CervicalCheck crisis.

Deputy Shortall said:

“It is alarming to learn today from members of the Scally Review that there may be other women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal who are not included in the group of 221 identified by the HSE.

“These 221 cases are women diagnosed with cervical cancer where an original smear test had falsely given them the all-clear. Today it has emerged that the Scally Review team considers that the protocol used by the HSE to identify this group was flawed.

“Dr Karin Denton from the review team said today that she was still seeking explanations from the HSE for this protocol, and whether it was subsequently revised. It is just not good enough that the Scally Review set up by government is getting the run-around by the HSE time and time again.

“The Minister needs to step in here and get answers and assurances from the HSE about how it conducted its audit of women diagnosed with cervical cancer over the last ten years, and how it arrived at the number of 221 women who could have gotten a different result from their smear test.”

ENDS

10th October 2018