May 11, 2018
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has said that serious questions remain following today’s cabinet meeting on the Cervical Check crisis and that the public should not have to wait until the outcome of a formal investigation to get answers.
Deputy Shortall also called on the government to expedite legislation to allow for a statutory duty of candour ahead of the summer Dáil recess and for the government to introduce HPV testing to replace current smear tests earlier than next September, as is currently planned.
Deputy Shortall said:
“It’s more than two weeks since the Cervical Check crisis broke and yet the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health say they were not aware until yesterday about the HSE memos that were released to the Public Accounts Committee. This is despite the fact that these memos had been brought to the attention of the department’s Chief Medical Officer and others in the health service.”
Deputy Shortall said further information was needed on the following issues immediately:
10 May 2018