Harney: Cancer scandal should never have happened

The Minister for Health Mary Harney has said the anxiety and distress caused to women at the centre of the Portlaoise cancer misdiagnosis scandal should never have happened.

The Minister for Health Mary Harney has said the anxiety and distress caused to women at the centre of the Portlaoise cancer misdiagnosis scandal should never have happened.

Ms Harney apologised today to the women affected and promised that steps would be taken to avoid a repeat of the situation.

She was reacting to a series of reports on the scandal being published by the HSE today.

She says the John Fitzgerald report reveals a clear need to strengthen the governance and management of serious incidents by the HSE and she has asked the HSE to adopt a serious incident protocol immediately.

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