Tuesday January 21, 2020

Harris faces interrogation on free smear test offer

The Minister for Health has been accused of incompetence and of having a panicked reaction to the CervicalCheck crisis. Sparks may fly when he appears before the health committee this week

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

7th April, 2019
Gráinne Flannelly, former clinical director of the CervicalCheck programme Picture: Rollingnews

Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to appear before the Oireachtas health committee this week. He can expect a grilling on his decision to offer women a free smear test within days of the CervicalCheck crisis.

Tens of thousands of women availed of the offer, which has led to unprecedented pressure on labs contracted by the national screening programme called CervicalCheck. Women now face huge delays in getting results, with one lab taking nine...

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