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Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 5:01pm

 

The CervicalCheck system was doomed to failed, the author of a report into it has said.

The 170-page Scally Report on the inquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme was published yesterday and makes 50 recommendations.

Carrigaline man Stephen Teap, whose wife Irene was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and died last year after two undisclosed false negative cervical cancer tests, said the report made for difficult reading.

He said at a press conference on Wednesay after the launch of the report that these recommendations should be implemented immediately.

The father of two said: We’re very pleased with the detail within the Scally Inquiry but we are also very concerned with a number of its findings. There are 50 recommendations in total which need to be implemented with immediate effect.

“We expect the government to implement this without delay in order for us to improve the stand of our cervical screening programme and bring it to alevel that all of the women in Ireland and the fmailies can trust and rely on. There is still a lot more work to be done in going into detail into the failures of the system and who is at fault.”

He told the press briefing: “The priority is now is to ensure the immediate implementation of the recommendations in the report. Whatever route is taken after this, either a commission of investigation or an inquiry, it cannot impact or delay the implementation of these very, very critical recommendations.”

Dr Gabriel Scally, the author of the report, said in his forward: “This major crisis emerged into the public domain because of a failed attempt to disclose the results of a retrospective audit to a large group of women who had, unfortunately, developed cervical cancer. In particular, it emerged because of the extraordinary determination of Vicky Phelan not be silenced. But there are many indications that this was a system that was doomed to fail at some point.”

A HSE audit this year found that more than 200 women may have been given incorrect results of smear tests. The audit came after the controversy first came to light in April when Limerick woman Vicky Phelan won a High Court action against the HSE and Clinical Pathology Laboratories for €2.5 million.

She was incorrectly told that she was cancer free in 2011 but she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.

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