The Minister has now told us that all GPs have been given clear guidelines. I want to encourage any women with relevant symptoms that cause them concern to avail of the free GP consultation and follow-up screening or diagnostic tests.
As the Cervical Cancer Smear Testing Scandal escalates, it is now clear that this has been a monumental systematic cover up which has led to at least 17 women dead and hundreds of women fighting a battle for their health.
Sinn Féin is calling for the immediate publishing of all information surrounding the Audit details and the communication pathways to be immediately published.
As the numbers affected continue to rise, Tony O’Brien has serious questions to answer on why deliberate misinformation was passed on. This is having a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of all women who now have legitimate concerns yet cannot access information regarding their own health.
The fact is that Tony O’Brien has presided over negligence, concealment and misinformation with the most serious consequences for women and their families. Last week the Minister for Health said he did not have confidence in the leadership of Cervical Check. So why is Mr O’Brien still in his job. Without accountability we cannot have confidence.