Cervical Cancer patients should get equal treatment
Labour Party Health spokesperson, Alan Kelly TD, has said the State needs to endure that all women who have seen diagnosed with Cervical Cancer due to potential negligence in their smears need to receive care under the State compensation scheme similar to the women in the 221 Group.
Deputy Kelly said;
“We have learned that women who have received a cervical cancer diagnosis due to potential negligence in the checking of their smears but who are on the National Cancer Registry list are not receiving the same care package as the women who had their smears audited under the CervicalCheck programme.
“Effectively women who are victims of the same forms of potential negligence aren’t receiving the same supports as women who are in the 221 Group
“It is no surprise that women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer who haven’t previously had their smears re-checked are now getting their slides examined privately. Knowing if their diagnosis is due to potential negligence by CervicalCheck or not will be of little comfort to many of these women and their families. If their diagnosis is due to potential negligence, the State should show these women compassion and care and help them.
“All women who have been diagnosed with Cervical Cancer due to potential negligence by the hands of the State should receive the same levels of care.”