Statement by Alan Kelly TD on Scally report

12 September 2018

Labour Party Health spokesperson, Alan Kelly TD, has called for the recommendations of the Scoping Inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme to be implemented urgently and has called for an external investigative review. 

Speaking on the publication of Dr Scally’s report, Deputy Kelly said:

“I accept the recommendations of Dr.Scally’s Scoping Inquiry fully and I think it is an absolute priority that they are implemented straight away.

“The recommendations by Dr.Scally will help reinforce confidence in the screening programme. Dr.Scally should be retained to ensure that these recommendations are implemented.

“I note that Dr.Scally states in his report that the HSE will carry out an internal investigation into the Cervical Check scandal. The question must be asked should the HSE be investigating themselves. I don’t believe the HSE should carry out this investigation internally but it should be done externally through an investigative process working with Dr.Scally.

“I am firmly of the view that a short term inquiry with powers to compel witnesses is still needed. An investigation team potentially lead by Dr.Scally should be established that has tight terms of reference to find out when, where how and why the failures Dr.Scally has identified in the audit process took place.

“We have seen this system failing so many women and it is imperative that there is accountability.

“Such an investigation should not in any way impact the timelines for implementing the recommendations by Dr. Scally.

“I’m looking forward to engaging with Dr.Scally further today and discussing with women and families at the centre of this scandal, what steps need to be taken next.”

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