Cancer screening: Assurances on quality are desperately needed

Cancer screening: Assurances on quality are desperately needed
Patrick Lynch (L) and HSE chief Tony O'Brien (R) at a media briefing on CervicalCheck. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Some 162 women were not informed that their original cervical cancer screening test had been misread. The failure to tell women, or their families, the truth raises obvious questions around the duty of candour in the health service

Among the most troubling systemic issues to have surfaced since Vicky Phelan’s tragic story became national news are the lack of understanding about the importance of open disclosure and questions about the laboratory that reviews smears for Ireland’s national cervical cancer screening programme.

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