Wednesday February 19, 2020

CervicalCheck bosses advised against free smear test offer

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
17th February, 2019
Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan

The former clinical director of CervicalCheck advised against offering women a free out-of-cycle smear test before Minister for Health Simon Harris announced that they would be provided last April.

The revelation will raise uncomfortable questions for the minister and the department, who have claimed that there were no dissenting voices.

The decision has caused chaos, with tens of thousands of women now waiting up to 93 days to get results after labs were swamped with...

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