Questions need to be answered around how cervical smears were outsourced, says Sinn Féin

Questions need to be answered around how cervical smears were outsourced, says Sinn Féin
Dr Gabriel Scally.

Sinn Féin believes medical testing must be done in Ireland in order to ensure it is up to standard.

The Oireachtas Committee on Health is due to question Dr Gabriel Scally on his report on the Cervical Check review.

More than 200 women missed out on earlier intervention because of a delay in the detection of their cancer.

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly said it is time to take control of the tests by making sure they happen at home.

Ms O'Reilly said: "But I also want to hear from Dr Scally, whose views on the outsourcing and how we can chart a course back to repatriating that work into the state, because I believe the labs should be based in Ireland. I think that's the only way we can guaranteee control over where the tests go."

The party also said questions need to be answered about how the testing of Irish womens' cervical smears were outsourced.

Ms O'Reilly said the quality of testing had clearly suffered in a drive to save money.

She said: "We know that the smear tests that were taken here in this State were taken to America, and we know that they were then re-outsorced to other labs in places like Honolulu.

"We know that there was no oversight by the HSE and I want to know that he (Dr Scally) has spoken to the people involved and that there is an understanding that that cannot happen again."

More on this topic

Emma Mhic Mhathúna to be remembered one year on from her passingEmma Mhic Mhathúna to be remembered one year on from her passing

Waiting times for smear test results reduced to six weeksWaiting times for smear test results reduced to six weeks

 Smear test results waiting time down to 7 weeks Smear test results waiting time down to 7 weeks

Stephen Teap believes CervicalCheck recommendations will be implemented - eventuallyStephen Teap believes CervicalCheck recommendations will be implemented - eventually


More in this Section

The DUP’s three concerns with Boris Johnson’s Brexit dealThe DUP’s three concerns with Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

Man due in court following assault in CorkMan due in court following assault in Cork

Principals: Government cannot ignore schools funding and recruitment crisisPrincipals: Government cannot ignore schools funding and recruitment crisis

Justice department rejects almost a third of asylum seeker work applicationsJustice department rejects almost a third of asylum seeker work applications


Lifestyle

Sexual politics, snideput-downs and family rivalries are fuelling the trouble brewing in a small Midlands town.Charlie Murphy and Pat Shortt star in new Irish film 'Dark lies the Island'

Robert Hume tells of the eccentric MP for Athboy, Co. Meath – born 300 years ago this month – who thought he was a teapot, and was afraid his spout might break off.A strange brew of a man: The MP for Meath who believed he was a teapot

Ladysbridge and District Flower and Garden Club will meet on Monday at 8pm in Garryvoe Hotel.Gardening Notes: Your one-stop guide to the week's events

Don’t forget to lavish roses with the attention they deserve this winter, urges Hannah StephensonDon’t forget to lavish roses with the attention they deserve this winter

More From The Irish Examiner