CervicalCheck probe atmosphere was 'fevered', says Scally

CervicalCheck probe atmosphere was 'fevered', says Scally
Dr Gabriel Scally, pictured at Doughmore beach in west Clare last week Picture: Eamon Ward

Dr Gabriel Scally has had plenty of brushes with tragedy and scandals during his time as a senior public health doctor in England. But he says nothing compares to the experience of the CervicalCheck debacle, which he was brought in to investigate last year

Dr Gabriel Scally took a phone call during the first weekend in May 2018 from a senior official in the Department of Health. By the end of the call, he had agreed to carry out a scoping inquiry into Ireland’s controversial CervicalCheck programme. He signed up for six weeks, but the job ultimately lasted for 14 months and took his team as far afield as Texas. It has also made the Belfast-born Scally a household...

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