Ireland’s systems failure
The story of how an individual scandal became an institutional crisis
First, there was one woman affected by an inaccurate test result. Then there were 208. Now we don’t know how many were actually affected. As of now, we still don’t know exactly how many may have died. A scandal has become a crisis, and the crisis is showing no signs of abating.
In the course of a week, the cervical smear debacle has resulted in multiple calls for the head of HSE...
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