Clare Gov Rep Says Cultural Change In Health Service Taking Too Long Following Cervical Check Scandal

Photo (C) Martin Conway TD

A Clare member of the Oireachtas Health Committee insists a change in culture within the health service is taking too long.

It follows the publication of a review into the Cervical Check controversy this week, which has found that substantial progress has been made.

The 39 page review into the Cervical Check controversy, which has been published this week, found that significant progress has been made.



Dr Gabriel Scally reviewed his 2018 report into the body and controversy, which saw over 200 women not informed of abnormalities found in their smear test results, during a ‘look-back’ audit.

Many have since died from cervical cancer, including Vicky Phelan, who brought the scandal to light.

Dr Scally said that patients want the truth, an apology and to know it won’t happen again if something goes wrong in their treatment.

He also said there was an absence of a complaints system and an over reliance on the judicial system as a means of solving problems arising in clinical care.

John Wall was a close friend of Vicky Phelan’s and campaigned alongside her.

The Quin man, who’s living with stage four cancer, doesn’t believe that she would have been happy with the details of the report, saying nowhere near enough progress has been made.

A Clare member of the Oireachtas Health Committee insists that cultural change within the health service is taking too long.

Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway believes there is a commitment in terms of senior leadership at political level in terms of advancing the Mandatory Disclosure element of the Patient Safety Bill.

But the Ennistymon Senator, who’s his party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, says health professionals also have a part to play in affecting change within the health service.

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