Scally Report further evidence of flawed communications – Donnelly

Wicklow Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson for Health Stephen Donnelly believes the supplementary recommendations outlined by Dr. Gabriel Scally in respect to the CervicalCheck Screening Programme must be implemented without delay.

Speaking on Tuesday, Donnelly said, “At the outset I am relieved that the laboratories subcontracted to check Irish smear tests were operating at acceptable standards in their country of operation. Nevertheless, at the beginning of his inquiry, Dr Scally was informed that the number of labs involved in CervicalCheck work was six. That later rose to 11 and finally to 16. For such basic information to be so inaccessible is astonishing.

Donnelly slammed the breakdown in communications between the HSE and screening labs, stating improvement is needed to restore confidence in the Cervical Check Programme.

“Central to this report is the fact that the National Screening Service (NSS) were not even aware of where smear tests were being sent to be screened. There was a clear breakdown in communications between the labs and the HSE in respect to outsourcing. In fact, a breakdown in communications has marred this entire process since the scandal first broke.

“Everything that can be done, must be done to ensure that women have confidence in the cervical check programme and that they engage with it. One reasonable and implementable solution is that every woman knows exactly where their smear test is being screened,” said Donnelly.

Adding to his previous point on confidence in the programme, Donnelly emphasised that quality assurance in lads is also a pivotal component.

“As well as that, every single smear should be screened in a lab which complies with a quality assurance process developed and operated by CervicalCheck. This second recommendation of Dr. Scally would ensure that that the quality assurance system would be in place irrespective of the physical location of laboratories.

“As well as that, every single smear should be screened in a lab which complies with a quality assurance process developed and operated by CervicalCheck. This second recommendation of Dr. Scally would ensure that that the quality assurance system would be in place irrespective of the physical location of laboratories.

“Only when these measures are implemented can we expect to see a return to confidence in the system,” concluded Donnelly.

 

 

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