April 30, 2018
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has said immediate steps must be taken to make sure that people affected by the CervicalCheck controversy receive prompt and appropriate treatment and supports, and to guarantee that there is full accountability for mishandling of diagnosis cases.
Deputy Shortall said:
“I welcome the proposed setting up of an independent statutory inquiry and also a redress scheme for women and families who have been so terribly affected by how the national CervicalCheck programme was drastically mismanaged.
“The HIQA inquiry must clearly establish exactly who was responsible for withholding information about the smear tests from patients for months and years, and there should be appropriate consequences for health professionals whose failures to act have damaged patients’ health.
“The redress scheme should involve immediate medical and financial supports for women who are affected and their families. This should include compensation for the more than 12 women who have died, if it is determined that their deaths were due to a delayed diagnosis.”
Deputy Shortall added that the government should not wait until the outcome of the HIQA inquiry before taking decisive action to address the many blatant shortcomings that this controversy highlights. The following steps that must be taken straight away:
30 April 2018