HSE should not make CervicalCheck commitments if they can’t keep them

27 March 2019

Responding to the news that only 7% of re-submitted CervicalCheck smear test results have been carried out, Labour Health spokesperson Alan Kelly TD, has said that the HSE must honour their commitment to women who have had a repeat smear carried out.

Deputy Kelly said:

“It is not good enough that only 7% of repeat smears carried out have been rechecked.

“The HSE, through CervicalCheck, invited over 4,000 women for a repeat smear test, and of the 2,572 repeat smear test samples were sent to Quest, only 200 have been rechecked thus far.

“The women who were asked to do repeat exams, were told that their rechecks would be high priority, yet this does not seem to be the case. The HSE must honour their commitment to these women.

“While these are low-risk abnormalities that are being rechecked, women still need peace of mind.

“In the next ten working days, all of the women need to get their results back.

“The HSE should not be making commitments to women when it comes to CervicalCheck, that they know they cannot keep because there has been enough misinformation and unnecessary worry around this issue for far too long.”

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